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Hearty Lentil Soup
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Hearty Lentil Soup

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This definitely is a hearty soup. Perfect for a winter day!



  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, vegetable oil or your favorite cooking oil
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 2 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed (can use other colors)
  • 4 cups kale, chopped (or substitute spinach)
  • 5 cups vegetable broth, low-sodium*
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped dill
  • Salt, to taste

*If desired, substitute chicken broth.



In a large pot, sauté the grated carrots and chopped onions in the oil over medium heat for about four minutes. Add the turmeric and cumin, stir and cook for one minute. Add the potatoes, lentils and broth. Reduce the heat to low and cook for about twenty-five minutes. Add salt, pepper and kale and cook for five more minutes. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice and dill. Stir and serve.

Dietary and Nutrition


Lentils are a type of legume. They are low in sodium and saturated fat, and high in potassium, fiber, folate and polyphenols. They have blood sugar-lowering effects because they are a slow-digesting starch. They are a source of prebiotics, which feed good bacteria in our gut to help prevent digestive diseases.

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This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.