Spiced Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk by Sprouted Kitchen

Finally ordered the book! I haven’t made any of the food items yet, but am excited to try all the recipes. I just love the uber healthy ingredients and beautiful photos in this book! I will say, today I made the Spiced Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk from the website.  It smells amazing & I can’t wait to try it!

Recipe from Sprouted Kitchen below.

 

SPICED LENTIL SOUP WITH COCONUT MILK   /   Serves 6

Recipe adapted from The Travelers Lunchbox who adapted it from Once Upon a Tart

The recipe calls for green lentils. I used a mixture because I have a large amount of them and they worked just fine. Split or red lentils will likely get too mushy here. I used 4 cups broth because I like my soups on the stewy side, if you prefer more broth to you soup, add another cup or two when cooking the lentils.

Ingredients:

• 1  1/2 cup lentils, rinsed (green suggested)

• 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth

• 1 1/2 tsp. tumeric OR curry powder

• 2 tsp. dried thyme or 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves

• 1 Tbsp. coconut oil

• 1 large yellow onion, diced

• 2 stalks lemongrass, outer layer removed, lower portion finely minced

• 1 tsp. sea salt, plus more to taste

• 1/2 tsp. cardamom

• 1/2 tsp. cinnamon pinch of red pepper flakes to taste

• pinch of fresh grated nutmeg

• 1 1/4 cup coconut milk (use full fat, just believe me)

• 3 Tbsp. lemon, lime or orange juice

• a few handfuls of swiss chard, spinach or kale

• 1 cup flake coconut, toasted (optional)

• chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)

 

Directions:

Add the rinsed lentils, broth, thyme and tumeric or curry powder to a large pot. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.

While the lentils cook, heat the coconut oil in a pan. Add the onion and saute until just browned. Add the lemongrass, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, pinch of red pepper flakes and some fresh ground nutmeg and saute another minute. Add the onion mixture to the lentils and stir, keeping the heat on a low simmer.

Add the coconut milk and greens and simmer another five minutes, stirring occasionally until just wilted. Taste for salt and spice and add as you prefer. Finish with the citrus juice and serve warm with toasted coconut flakes and cilantro on top.

Adventurous Colorado, you stole my heart.

It sure has been awhile since you've heard from me! I recently took a trip to Colorado with my best friend of over 20 years. It was one of the best vacations of my life, by far! Besides driving around everywhere and seeing some amazing view and landscapes, we also did some fun outdoor activities. How could you not in Colorado right? We did things we have never done before! New things are so exciting! I learned how to skate ski (like crosscountry skiing, but you can do lateral movements with these small narrow skis). What a workout ( I also fell like 10x). We hiked the boulders in Boulder and tried snowshoeing for this first time. Since not many are familiar with skate skiing (it was new to me as well), below is a clip I found online.

Snowshoeing was amazing! We liked it so much, we each bought a pair of snowshoes and now they are displayed nicely in my home office.  It is an incredible workout. Snowshoeing feels as if you were wearing boots in deep sand (going uphill)- Imagine that!  

Colorado is such a beautiful place with all of its majestic landscapes and scenery, not to mention the spectacular weather. Denver has 245 guaranteed sunny days in a year! Additionally, the temperature and terrain can change so much within 30 minutes. One minute we were driving through a snowstorm on our way to Vail, then we very aptly made a U-turn (we did not have four-wheel drive) and drove to sunny Boulder, where I hiked up Mount Sanitas. The outdoor activies are endless and you can find one for each weather change. It's such a healthy lifestyle for all the lucky Colorado residents (so jealous, but this only makes me plan my next trip and outdoor activity asap). The people are also so kind and relaxed, must be that MILE HIGH, which surely was contagious. 

Snoeshoeing in Minturn, CO.
Colorado mountain

Colorado mountain

Kalímera!

It sure has been awhile! I recently returned from an amazing trip to Greece with my mom and my sister. Three ladies traveling to a place neither of us had ever been. Oh my! What a beautiful country and what a fantastic time we had! We spent two days in Athens and the rest of the time in majestic Santorini. With my sister's amazing itinerary, we did everything from jetskiing on the Aegean Sea, renting a convertible (must rent a car in Europe) and went on a catamaran cruise that took us to all these beautiful stops to have lunch and swim in that gorgeous turquoise water. We also got our feet "kissed" at the Kissing Fish in Fira. I have to say, I was a bit sqeamish about this one. Once my feet went into the tank (see link) I screamed and burst out laughing (being extremely ticklish does not help). Craziest sensation, but I always say, you must always try something at least once. I definitely stayed true to my word on that adventure! 

Top: Athens  /  Middle: Santorini meals  /  Bottom: Sunset in Oia


Top: Athens  /  Middle: Santorini meals  /  Bottom: Sunset in Oia