I learned to love lentils back during my vegetarian days. Their rich, hearty texture and flavor has always been appealing to me. Given that the weather in Chicago has descended back down to a wintery chill (a common April occurrence), I’ve been craving hearty soups. I thought a nice lentil stew with kale would be… View Article

Lentil and Kale Soup

Calories: 262

I learned to love lentils back during my vegetarian days. Their rich, hearty texture and flavor has always been appealing to me. Given that the weather in Chicago has descended back down to a wintery chill (a common April occurrence), I’ve been craving hearty soups. I thought a nice lentil stew with kale would be an easy way to both have a nice hot lunch and a way to be seriously healthy. This soup is packed with vegetables and little else–if I were into detoxing (I’m not–detoxing is a myth) I would call this a detox soup.

Pro tip: serve this with a dollop of sour cream on top for a punch of rich deliciousness.

Lentil and Kale Soup

Servings: 4 · Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups · Calories: 262
Fat: 5 g · Cholesterol: 5 mg · Sodium: 1070 mg · Carbs: 42 g · Fiber: 17 g · Sugar: 6 g · Protein: 15 g

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 3 large ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground oregano
  • 2 cups chopped kale

Directions
Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery to the pot and sweat, covered, for 5-7 minutes.

In a fine mesh strainer, rinse the lentils.

Add the chicken broth, lentils, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and oregano, to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes.

Add kale to the pot and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

healthy lentil and kale soup with calories and nutritional information
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healthy lentil and kale soup with calories and nutritional information
healthy lentil and kale soup with calories and nutritional information
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    • Thanks, Stylehue! I’d love to hear what you think of the recipe!

      Joules on April 7, 2016   /   Reply
  1. oh my goodness, this sounds super yummy. Not sure if I’ll be able to get the hubby on board, (I’ve been pushing kale for years, lol) but this is definitely a must try. Thanks for sharing, love. If you get a sec, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my latest. xo

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    anna on April 6, 2016   /   Reply
  2. This looks so yummy! I’m headed up to Chicago on Friday…fingers crossed the weather will clear up.

    xoxo Kylen
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    Kylen on April 6, 2016   /   Reply
    • Thanks, Kylen! I hope you have a great weekend and get some better weather!

      Joules on April 7, 2016   /   Reply
    • I actually saw that variation when putting together my recipe. I figured since kale is a superfood it might be the one I should go with, but I’m sure swiss chard would be great too and you could probably use it in exactly the same way.

      Joules on April 8, 2016   /   Reply