I’m not sure if this is more embarrassing for Andrew or for me, but I pack Andrew a lunch every morning. We usually take Sunday to prepare a larger stew or pasta dish with plenty of leftovers that will last him throughout the work week.
Today I packed Andrew a packet of oatmeal! Apparently we’ve been too caught up in the holidays.
Does that make me a bad wife !??
To make it up to him, I’ve prepared one of our favorite winter meals: Creamy Green Lentil & Coconut Soup. My soup is packed with savory lentils, fresh curly kale, creamy coconut milk, and warming spices to provide that comforting “stick to your ribs” feeling without anything actually sticking but the nutrients. Lentils are tiny members of the legume family and are not only super rich in fiber but also a great source of protein, B vitamins, iron, and other minerals. I love to serve this vegan and gluten free soup over quinoa, brown rice, or couscous. It is also perfectly wonderful on its own with sliced avocado.
Creamy Green Lentil & Coconut Soup [makes 8 servings]
1.5 cups French green lentils
4 cups low sodium vegetable stock
2 cups filtered water
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1.5 teaspoons ground turmeric
1 tablespoons coconut oil
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 can/ 13.5 ounces light coconut milk
2 cups kale, stems removed then roughly chopped
salt & pepper to taste
In a large Dutch oven or heavy saucepan, bring lentils, stock, water, turmeric and thyme to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until lentils are soft.
Meanwhile, heat coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes, or until soft and translucent (don’t let it catch). Stir in the garlic and remaining spices, then sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Remove from heat and scrape contents of skillet into the Dutch oven with the lentils.
Add the coconut milk and kale.
Return soup to a gentle boil then simmer uncovered for an additional 10 minutes or until the kale is tender. Enjoy!
Nutritional Information [per serving= 1 cup]
200 Calories, 29g Carbohydrates, 5g Fat, 10.7g Protein, 11.7g Fiber, 3.2g Sugar