27-degree temps and 20-mph winds make for a pretty rude awakening.After wearing shorts for two days, I had to put on the serious winter running gear again! Anthony decided to join me for a jog and instantly regretted his decision as soon as we stepped outside. His face is great in this photo.After a mile or so, the freezing wind was so bad that we just had to laugh and run ourselves numb. A short and sweet jog — the last before the half marathon this weekend!
I did have a weekly salad to share with you guys, but instead I’m offering a soup!The story goes like this: I tried out a baby kale and red lentil salad idea on Monday, and it was just okay. As I was eating it, I thought… “this salad should be heated up, stewed together, and cooked right into a soup.”
So I did just that.Soups and salads (and sandwiches, for that matter) have many overlapping ingredients — and since my salad was based on super-cookable, herby kale, it was perfectly soup-ready in my opinion.
I tossed everything together, added some chicken stock and a few other ingredients, and simmered away (or sizzled away, in the case of the bacon).The result was pretty good! Though lentils make a good salad, I think red lentils are much fitter for a smoky, spicy soup.
Did anyone eat tomato soup with Goldfish as a little kid? I happened to have some around and decided to give them a swim.
Smoky red lentil and kale soup
- 2 cups red lentils, uncooked
- 1 large bag (~8 oz) baby kale, or regular kale (stemmed)
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 can fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
- 3 medium-sized tomatoes, diced
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 3 cups water
- 1 chile in adobo sauce, or 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional toppings: avocado, greek yogurt, bacon, Goldfish
Directions: Put everything in a pot and bring to a boil. Then, simmer uncovered for at least 40 minutes. (You could also probably whip this up in the slow cooker). Given that it’s so freaking cold outside today, I’m glad to have a warm lunch See you tomorrow!
- Lentils: how do you eat them?
- Is it unusually cold/windy in your town?
- Favorite childhood meal?