Spicy Lentil and Chickpea Soup

_DSC6928The cold weather has arrived and with it the dreadful cold and flu season. Which, for me, is the icing on top of my horrible sinus problems. So this morning I woke up with a pounding sinus headache and the feeling of a ton of bricks impacting my face. When I finally got out of bed to shower, I looked in the mirror and found that I had some type of allergic reaction spread across my face. It was safe to say I would be spending the day indoors – preferably in my warm n’ cozy bed with an abundance of warm liquids. And viola! This soup was born. Well not as quick and painless as that, but let’s just skip to the point – somebody needs her beauty sleep.

I wasn’t intending on posting this recipe, so forgive the ambiguous amounts. I do find soups and stews of this sort are fairly flexible – so I wouldn’t worry too much.

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Ingredients 

1 small-medium onion, chopped

2 medium carrots, chopped

2 stocks of celery, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, smashed

2 tsp turmeric

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp oregano

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cracked black pepper

Salt to taste

2 tomatoes, vine or whatever you have on hand would work, roughly chopped

2 tbsp tomato paste

500 ml vegetable stock

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 can lentils, drained and rinsed

A few large handfuls of kale, roughly chopped

Begin by sautéing the onion, carrot and celery in a dollop of olive oil until cooked down and onions are translucent. Add in smashed garlic and give a stir. Then add all of your spices and mix to combine. Add tomato paste, stir until combined. Add in chopped tomatoes, vegetable stock, chick peas, and lentils and let simmer for about 45 minutes. Once the soup is thickened and a nice broth has formed check seasoning and then add your kale. Let the kale simmer and soften for about 10-15 minutes.

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