anti-inflammatory red lentil soup with caramelized onions.

Soup is one of those meals that always makes me feel a little taken care of: even if you don't need the extra lovin', there's something comforting and lovely about a warm, easy-to-eat meal, especially when enjoyed from your favorite mug or with your favorite spoon. (Do you have either of those? I have one mug in particular I gravitate towards for certain meal occasions. It just makes things taste better. Weird? Perhaps.) ;) 

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Continuing this week's adventure in foods that heal and anti-inflammatory meals (and other things that are easy to eat when you can't chew after you flip your handlebars like a crazy person), here's one of my new comfy-cozy-soupy go-to's: Anti-Inflammatory Red Lentil Chard Soup with Caramelized Onions. Not particularly beautiful, but hey, neither are shiitake mushrooms and those things are delicious. 

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There are three reasons I dig this recipe, especially when my brain is still feeling a little womp-womp from last week:

- it's packed with protein: grounding, nourishing, rebuilding protein (thanks, lentils) which means it's extra satisfying... good news any day of the week! 

- it has hidden veggies: there is a ton of chard, garlic and onion lurking in this mix, which equals a super-dose of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents, plus tons of great green veggie nutrients conveniently provided in an easy to digest format. (I love salads, but sometimes all of those raw greens are a little much on the tum, no?) Also, caramelized onions (or semi-caramelized if you're short on time) make everything lentil soup 2

did you know? onions cook differently and taste different depending on how they're cut. this recipe specifically calls for the onions to be sliced perpendicularly against the grain: this will allow them to soften and cook down into a sweeter base than if they were diced. weird, hey? 

- turmeric is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory spices you can find, which makes it perfect for recovering from ailments of all kinds: muscle soreness, headaches, bruising. Plus, it's beautiful! 

This comes together in less than half an hour. It makes a great weeknight meal, or a simple thing to throw together on a weekend to freeze for meals later on. Tres simple, non?

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anti-inflammatory red lentil soup with caramelized onions.
Yields 6
A nourishing blend of red lentils, caramelized onions, red chard and turmeric to warm you up or chill you at any time of year, especially if you need a little anti-inflammatory support.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 tsp olive oil
  2. 1 medium yellow onion, sliced (against the grain) into rounds
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 4 cups water + 2 bouillon cubes (or 4 cups vegan broth)
  5. 1 1/4 cup red lentils, rinsed
  6. 1 tsp turmeric
  7. 1 tsp garlic powder
  8. 2 cups chard, chiffonnade
  9. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  10. pepper to taste
  1. 1. Heat oil over medium in a skillet. add onions and garlic and cook over medium-low for 15-20 minutes until partially caramelized.
  2. 2. While these cook, bring stock to a boil. Once boiling, add lentils. Cook 10 minutes.
  3. 3. Use 1/4 cup stock from pot to blend onions into a puree.
  4. 4. Add onion puree and spices to the pot, stirring well. Cook together for 3 minutes.
  5. 5. Add chard, stirring to submerge, then cover and cook 5-7 minutes more until chard is wilted and flavors have mingled.
  6. 6. Use an immersion blender - or transfer 2 cups at a time to the food processor - and blend until smooth.
  7. 7. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
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