Veggie Chili with Lentils and Kale

I’m always looking for new ways to make veggie chili! Veggie chili one of those meals that’s so versatile and it’s really hard to mess it up. This time, I wanted to incorporate greens, so I came up with a version that includes steamed kale. You could also use spinach, collards or chard instead of the kale. Also, red lentils are smaller than other lentils and cook quickly with no soaking required! To me, this is a perfect way to get plenty of protein and vitamins in one pot! It’s also super-yummy! 🙂

HCV_ChiliWithLentilsAndKale - 1 (4)2 cups veggie broth/water
1 small can tomato sauce
1/2 cup red lentils, dry
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can cannellini (or navy) beans, drained
1-2 carrots, diced small
1/2-1 cup steamed/cooked chopped kale (or other leafy greens)
1/2 pack chili seasoning (or your own blend)
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Bring broth/water and tomato sauce to a boil.
Add chili seasoning and other spices and herbs.
Add lentils and carrots and simmer for about 10 min.

 

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Add steamed kale (or other cooked greens)
Adjust seasonings and add a little more broth/water if needed!

 

 

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Serve over rice or noodles, or just eat by itself!
You can also top with vegan cheese, vegan sour cream or fresh herbs!

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Pureed Red Lentil Soup

One of my favorite Italian/Mediterranean restaurants has a pureed red lentil soup that is to die for! I’ve been on a mission to recreate it, and I think I’ve succeeded. Now instead of spending 5 bucks on a cup of soup, I can make a whole pot for the same price!
(Note: Red lentils are much smaller than other types of lentils and therefore, don’t need to be soaked ahead of time. My grocery store carries the Bob’s Red Mill brand and the Goya brand. Also, a hand-held immersion blender is a great investment and the perfect tool for making pureed soups. I also use it for potato-leek soup and squash soup!)
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1-1/2 cups red lentils, uncooked
6 cups veggie broth/water
2 med potatoes, diced
3 carrots, diced
1 small can tomato sauce
1 Tblsp lemon juice (optional)

 

 

Bring broth/water and tomato sauce to a boilHCV_RedLentilSoup2
Add red lentils
Add potatoes and carrots
Add herbs and spices (I use salt, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley and curry powder)
Simmer for 25 min.
At the end, add lemon juice (this adds some freshness and acidity)

You can eat this soup at this point (i.e. chunky), or puree with hand-held immersion blender.
(I prefer it pureed, but it’s good either way!)


Enjoy with a green salad or some garlic bread, or both!