Healing Lentil Lemon Soup

So most people think “chicken soup” when they are sick, especially with a cold or the flu.  I don’t think the chicken or the noodles have anything to do with, at least from what I’ve read!  I’m no doctor, but I think its probably the veggies, garlic, onion, and hot liquid, which opens up your sinuses, soothes your throat, and keeps you hydrated.

Regardless,  we vegans and vegetarians need something warm, hydrating, and healing when we are sick and I’m willing to bet this soup is a lot more beneficial to your body than dead meat, bleached-flour white noodles, tons of sodium, and oil.  🙂

This is one of my favorite soups, whether I’m well or not, and it has tons of healing properties!

Garlic – Tons of health benefits!  In addition to its antibacterial and antiviral properties, it boosts your immune system, reduces cold symptoms, and has disease-fighting antioxidants!

Onions – Onions contain phytochemicals, as well as Vitamin C, so they help improve immunity.  They also blast free radicals in your body, reduce inflammation, and heal infections.

Kale – A true superfood, kale is extremely high in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and anti-cancer nutrients.  It’s also anti-inflammatory,  great at detoxifying your body, and provides cardiovascular support.

Lemons – High in Vitamin C, alkalizing, antibacterial, and anti-cancer.

 

Ingredients:
1 small onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced  (or one giant “elephant garlic” clove)
3 carrots, sliced
3 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 bunch of kale, stemmed and chopped (about 3 cups, packed)
1 cup brown lentils
4 teaspoons Better Than Bullion No Chicken Base
5 cups water
juice of 2 lemons (2-4 Tablespoons, depending on how much you love lemon)
salt + pepper to taste

How To:
Saute onions, celery, carrots, and garlic over medium heat with a little oil or water for about 5 minutes.

Add the remain ingredients, except the lemon and kale.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add the lemon juice and kale and simmer another 5 minutes.

Simple.  Easy.  Healing.  Delicious.  Feel better soon! 🙂