Friday, October 16, 2009

chicken soup for the heart

If you need healing of any kind, pretty sure this will do the trick. It's also delicious, if you're just hungry.

I got the recipe out the the Eating for Life cookbook. I'm not a huge fan of the book, so I don't recommend getting on to amazon right now - but this is one good recipe.

Kale, Lentil, and Chicken Soup.. what an unimaginative name.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrots
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups chicken broth
1 tbsp snipped fresh basil (or 1 tsp crushed dried basil)
4 cups coarsely chopped kale
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken (I had it all ready from making the broth the day before)
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped,
1/2 cup dry lentils (I soaked mine for 7 hours with a dash of apple cider vinegar, then rinsed them!)

1. In a large saucepan heat oil over medium-low heat. Add onion, carrots, and garlic. Cook covered for 5-7 minutes until veggies are nearly tender, stirring occasionally.
2. Add broth and, if using, dried basil to vegetables. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer covered for 10 minutes.
3. Stir in kale, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil then simmer for 10 more minutes.
4. Stir in chicken, tomato, lentils, and, if using, fresh basil. Simmer covered for 5-10 minutes or until kale and lentils are tender. Makes 6 servings.

Feel better!
Here it is again, the next time I made it during the Hunt + Gather diet - without the lentils..