Spring has sprung?

Spring has sprung, but it’s still very cold out there, and here in Portland, Oregon, the sun is no where to be found. The cherry blossom trees, and their lovely scent have tricked my nose. The short skirts, tent dresses, and 70’s style pants are filling the racks of boutiques, and I’m still wearing my rain coat. Mangoes, blackberries, strawberries, and tomatoes that actually taste good are finally popping up at Whole Foods.

And I’m simmering a pot of hot lentil soup for dinner tomorrow.

What is wrong with this picture?? All I could think of while waiting for the bus after a 12 hour shift was this soup. It’s cold, wet, and rainy out. Nothing hits the spot more than a nice hot, spicy bowl of my Anything Goes Lentil soup. P likes it too. It’s one of those soups thats different each time. I take what I have on hand and reinvent my lentil soup all Winter long.

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Anything Goes Lentil Soup

2 yellow onions chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced, or crushed, salted to sweat
2 TBS olive oil (pure is best for cooking, Extra Virgin is best for drizzling)
4 ribs of celery chopped
4 carrots chopped
Spinach, Swiss Chard, Kale, Braising greens, Collards (whatever you like and have on hand – I like fresh, but frozen is fine too)
1 16oz can of crushed, diced, or stewed tomatoes (once again, whatever you like and have on hand – I prefer Pomi brand)
1 lb lentils (whatever you have on hand, but green or black are best in this Winter soup)
Salt, Pepper, Cayenne to taste
6 cups good tasting broth
1 tbs Ground Cumin
Fresh herbs for garnish

In a large pot heat oil, add garlic, and onions. Add carrots and celery, cook medium until veggies lightly soften. Add salt, pepper, cayenne, and cumin. Once veggies are lightly cooked add broth, tomatoes, and lentils. Let simmer for 30 minutes, or until lentils are fully cooked. Add washed greens to the soup. Serve hot with fresh herbs, cheese of choice, and even sour cream.

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2 Comments to “Spring has sprung?”

  1. Hi Sarah, it’s Nikita, from Heidi’s signing last night! I was finally motivated enough to start a blog… still very much in progress but I’m working on it.
    This looks delicious. I love your generous use of spice and the adaptability of this recipe!

  2. Lentil soups are the best soups ever! (maybe after the pumpkin ones:) I´ll try your recipe soon. Nice blog design BTW:)

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