Soul's Soup

10:48 AM

During the winter when you have kids, chances are you are sick or someone in your household is.  I never used to get sick before kids.  In fact, my husband and thought we were invincible.  No such luck.  All four of us have a sore throat, runny nose, cough and stopped up ears. 
There’s nothing like a bowl of soup to soothe you when you are ill.  I found this veggie soup on the other day.  I had most of the ingredients in my cupboard.  When I mustered up the energy to fix dinner last night, I put this together.  My version is a teensy different than “Darbar’s”, but it was pretty scrummy.  I think I’ll add the Charmoula when I have my strength back next time.
While filling my stomach with delicious broth, my throat thanked me, my cough cleared momentarily and my sinuses opened up.
What You Will Need:
4 C vegetable broth
1 C green lentils
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
What You Already Have at Home:
1 T olive oil
1 large garlic clove, diced
½ tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Turmeric
½ tsp Ginger, dried
1 bay leaf
½ tsp parsley, dried
1 T sugar
Lemon (optional)
Dash of salt and pepper
Dutch oven
Food processor or blender
1)      Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in Dutch oven.
2)      Add onion and garlic and heat for 5 minutes.
3)      Add tomatoes, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger.  Stir and cook for about 2 minutes.
4)      Add lentils, broth, bay leaf and parsley.

5)      Bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
6)      Add chickpeas and sugar to pot.  Heat through.
7)      Remove about 2 cups and and bay leaf. 
8)      Puree in food processor.
9)      Add back into soup.  Heat back up and turn to low.
10)   Serve.

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