Creamy Turmeric Lentil Soup
Turmeric is a wonderful additive to one's diet. Naturally an anti-inflammatory, it's been known to help ease symptoms such as diarrhea, headaches, high cholesterol, and digestive issues. This lentil soup is great for a chilly day, and would be great with shredded chicken added into it. For the full article visit Healthy Holistic Living's website.
1 tablespoon Olive Oil (or try coconut oil to enhance the coconut flavor)
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
3 stalks of celery, diced
4 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup lentils (whichever color you prefer)
4 cups broth (homemade vegetable broth is preferred, but if you’re not vegetarian, you can use chicken or fish broth for different flavors. Beef stock is likely too heavy for this recipe.)
2 cups spinach, kale, or greens of choice
1 14 oz can coconut cream
Heat oil in large pot. Add onion, saute for 3 minutes.
Add carrots and celery, and saute until veggies are slightly soft about 5 minutes.
Add garlic and spices, cooking until aromatic, about 1 minute.
Add lentils and broth. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmering, cooking uncovered for about 25 minutes or until lentils are soft.
Add greens and coconut cream and stir until incorporated.
As you can see, this is a very versatile soup. As written, it is vegan, though you can add meat or animal products if you like. Squash and bell peppers would be a great addition. You can also replace the onion with leek, or add lemongrass for a thai flair. Add cilantro and lime juice for some last minute freshness.
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