I used fresh local spinach and it could not have been more satisfying. You can strip this soups down to just the onions and garlic and it would still be delicious. The turmeric adds a boost of anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties that we could all use more of and the cumin just makes it taste good. Serve topped with nutritional yeast and cracked black pepper and gluten free crackers or bread. Super fricken yum
Simple Lentil Soup with Greens
1c brown lentils, washed and drained
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2c spinach, broccoli or other chopped leafy greens
1/2t ground cumin
1/4t black pepper
1/2t cayenne pepper flakes or 1/2 of a fresh chili or jalapeño
1 vegetable bouillon cube (or 1T veggie broth powder)
2-3T extra virgin olive oil
4c boiling water
1t salt or to taste
Bring 6c of water to a boil, in case you need more
In a large soup pot, add the olive oil and sauté the onions, spices, hot pepper and garlic until golden and soft. Add the lentils, mixing them into the onion mix. Add the boiling water, the bouillon cube (or powder) tamari, and Ume. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the greens.
Adjust the seasonings before serving.