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I have been looking for more ways to serve beans and lentils that aren’t boring, since my non-meat eating son needs protein in his meals. And the fact that they are incredibly healthy for us is a huge bonus as well.

Soup is a great way to incorporate lentils and beans into your diet, especially since it is so satisfying in the winter. The flavors are also disguised and almost overpowered by the spices, which is not a bad thing if you aren’t a fan. It is OK to overpower the basic flavor of the beans/lentils in order to like them in a dish.

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Servings: 8
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Ingredients

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Directions

1.
Dice up the onion, garlic and ginger. Get a large soup pot and put the tbsp of olive oil in. Heat it on medium and sautee the onions, garlic, ginger and ALL the spices, excepting the cardamom pods, together.
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Once everything is tender from being sauteed, mix the 3 tbsp vegetable stock into 4 cups of hot water.
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Pour the stock into the pot, deglazing the pan with it. Then add in the rest of the ingredients, the beans and lentils, after rinsing and draining the canned goods. I did not soak the lentils, with all the spices this soup needs to simmer a couple of hours minimum which cooks the lentils perfectly. You can also add the cardamom pods now. I don’t know if I have mentioned how much I love cardamom pods, they are easy to scoop out of stews and sauces when you are done and infuse such a fantastic smoky, fruity, Christmas spice flavor to the dish.
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Mix them all together and bring to a low boil, then turn your heat down on the burner and let it simmer for at least 2 hours. Stir it occasionally as with anything you cook on the stove. Check your lentils for texture, and when you are happy with how they are, remove the cardamom pods, then remove 1/3 of the soup to puree.
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This is what it looks like, I blend an approximate third -not all of that side is pureed- and then mix it in.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 299g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 229  
Calories from Fat 27 12%
Total Fat 3.13g 4%
Saturated Fat 0.45g 2%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 410mg 17%
Potassium 544mg 16%
Total Carbs 38.37g 10%
Dietary Fiber 13.5g 45%
Sugars 2.67g 2%
Protein 12.56g 20%

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