Creamy Coconut Green Lentil and Kale Soup with Sweet Potato Fries

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You can't go wrong with coconut, lentils and kale. All of my favorite ingredients into one. It's been pretty cold here in New York City so I was craving a heartwarming soup. The lentils are filled with protein, and the kale with iron. It was quick to make because I used sprouted green lentils that only take about 20 minutes to cook. This soup tastes best the second day, after all the flavors have melded together. This recipe was recreated from inmybowl.com

Creamy Green Lentil & Coconut Soup [makes 8 servings]

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups green lentils
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 can/ 13.5 ounces light coconut milk
  • 2 cups kale, stems removed then roughly chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

In a large Dutch oven or heavy saucepan, bring lentils, stock, water, turmeric and thyme to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until lentils are soft.

Meanwhile, heat coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes, or until soft and translucent . Stir in the garlic and remaining spices, then sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Remove from heat and scrape contents of skillet into the Dutch oven with the lentils. Add the coconut milk and kale. Return soup to a gentle boil then simmer uncovered for an additional 10 minutes or until the kale is tender. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information [per serving= 1 cup] 200 Calories, 29g Carbohydrates, 5g Fat, 10.7g Protein, 11.7g Fiber, 3.2g Sugar

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Sweet Potato Fries

  • 1 large Sweet Potato
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1-2 teaspoons paprika (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

Cut the fries about 1/2in thick and wide. Coat with  coconut oil and sprinkle paprika, salt, and pepper over the fries. I cook the fries in a 350-400'F oven until soft and turn them around every so often. Then put them under the broiler until crispy. You have to carefully watch the fries when under the broiler or they may burn.