Nurturing Kale, Quinoa, Pumpkin, Ginger and Lentil Soup.

Nurturing Kale, Quinoa, Pumpkin, Ginger and Red Lentil Soup.
This soup i just invented is so delicious and comforting! It will make you feel good.
 
INGREDIENTS:
1 Tbs Olive Oil
1 diced brown onion
1 bullet chilli finely chopped (optional)
3 cloves of finely chopped garlic
1 10-20c piece of finely chopped ginger
1 tsp. coriander seeds
1/2 cinnamon quill
1 bay leaf
2-3 sprigs rosemary
Some thyme if you have some in the garden
1 cups rinsed red lentils
1/4-1/2 pumpkin chopped into 1 inch chunks
1 cup rinsed quinoa
1/2-1 bunch of chopped kale
1 stock cube
1 tsp Salt and some black pepper (to your taste)
4 chopped coriander plants (including the stems and roots)
Plain organic yogurt

METHOD

Heat the oil in a large saucepan on a low flame
Add the  onion, chilli & ginger for a 2 mins (when onion starts going clear,not brown)
Stir in the garlic  and let it caramelise
Add coriander seeds and pumpkin and stir through
Pour in 1 litre boiling water from preheated kettle, and and turn up the heat!
Add lentils, quinoa, bay leaf, rosemary, thyme, vege stock and salt
Boil for 15 mins
Stir occasionally and add more hot water if not enough liquid
Turn down to a simmer and pop kale leaves and coriander stems/roots on top…add lid and let it steam through for 5 mins
Stir and leave to continue simmering for another 20-30
Take out cinnamon quill, bay leaf and rosemary stems and blend with a stick blender
Garnish with  fresh coriander leaves and yogurt

Benefits of key ingredients:              

  • Pumpkin strengthens the spleen and stomach (Earth element) organs and regulates the blood sugar balance
  • Quinoa (the Mother Grain) has a warming thermal nature & a sweet and sour flavour. It strengthens whole body and is very high in calcium and protien.
  •  Kale has a warming nature, is sweet and slightly bitter and benefits the stomach. It is full of calcium and iron. Being a green vegetable, it improves the function of the Liver, which in TCM is related to the smooth flow of blood…hence a smooth period!
  •  Garlic is pungent in nature; it promotes warmth and energy in the body. It is a natural anti-viral, anti-parasite & anti-biotic. It strengthens the Lung function.
  •  Ginger, cinnamon & coriander are pungent flavours which increase energy, aid digestion and blood circulation.
  •  Red Lentils have a neutral thermal nature. They are high in protein, calcium, iron & potassium.
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