Cozy Lentil Soup with Delicata Squash Recipe
Note: If you have trouble finding delicata squash, use its cousin, butternut squash.
Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or heavy soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, delicata squash and another pinch of salt and sauté until all of the vegetables are just tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the curry powder, cumin, turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and red-pepper flakes and give a stir. Add the lentils and stir to coat. Pour in 1/2 cup of the broth to deglaze the pot, stirring to loosen any bits stuck to the pot, and cook until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the rest of the broth. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to low, cover and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Taste; you may want to add a pinch of salt. Stir in the kale and cook until it's tender, about 3 minutes.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Variation: Substitute fennel, which is a good digestive aid, for the celery to add more depth to the flavor.
Total Fat: 6 g (1 g saturated, 4 g monounsaturated)
Carbohydrates: 37 g
Protein: 9 g
Fiber: 10 g
Sodium: 329 mg
From The Healthy Mind Cookbook (Ten Speed Press) by Rebecca Katz.