Lentils are one of the oldest healthiest foods. They are packed with fiber, potassium, folate, and iron. Lentils are a great low-cost, high-protein option and can be eaten cold or warm, such as in this Simple Lentil Soup recipe.


  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 2 carrots, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, minced
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes with juices
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups kale or spinach, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste 


  1. Heat a Dutch oven or large pot to medium and coat the bottom of the pot with olive oil.
  2. Sauté onions, carrots and celery until the onions are translucent and vegetables are cooked through.
  3. Add the lentils to lightly toast, followed by the tomatoes and juices.
  4. Add the vegetable broth and filtered water.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Wilt in the greens and simmer a few more minutes.
  7. Stir in the Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a slice of sourdough bread or sprouted grain bread.

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