Beat the cold with this Lentil & Beet Leaf Soup!
I thourougly enjoy using up every leftover in the fridge and creating a delicious and healthy meal. For this dish, I had leftover rice and lentils from the last night's dinner party…as well as dark, leafy greens beet tops and some additional veggies that were hanging around and needed to be used. Perfect ingredients to build a tasty and nutrient rich soup! I must say, it was a deliciously savory creation. Read on and maybe get inspired to make your own version... Ingredients:
3 vegetable bouillon cubes (or 6 cups vegetable broth)
6 cups water
½ cup organic brown rice
1 cup lentils
1 garlic clove (peeled)
1 leek (diced)
full bunch of beet greens
1 yellow onion (peeled and diced)
1 zucchini (washed and diced. if not organic, skin peeled)
4 large carrots (washed and diced. if not organic, skin peeled)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon of paprika
1 Tablespoon Herbs de Provence
salt & pepper to taste
In a small saucepan, add lentils, 1 whole garlic clove, 1 bay leaf and water (just so it covers the lentils). Bring water to a simmer, lower heat and cook uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until tender. Add water if needed throughout cooking process so that lentils stay just barley covered. Set to the side when cooked to tender.
Make ½ cup brown rice. Set to the side. (note: add ½ veggie bouillon cube to your water to make your rice more flavorful!)
Dice onion, leeks and carrots. In a medium saucepan heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add diced onions, leeks and carrots and on low heat, lightly sauté. Add a pinch of salt & pepper and Herbs De Provence. Let simmer on low heat for 5 minutes. Rinse and shred beet greens and add to pot, stir and let simmer for a few more minutes. Now add your water, turmeric, paprika and bouillon cubes and bring to a boil. Lower heat and cover for 5 more minutes. Add rice and lentils and zucchini. Stir, lower heat, cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add a bit more salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Serve and enjoy!*Note, the longer you let the soup sit, the more flavorful it becomes.
Stay warm. Stay nourished. Stay vibrant.