Hearty Cinnamon Spice Lentil Soup (Cleanse: Day 15)

Hello readers! Happy Saturday! My first week back to (official) work was very busy, and because of that, I was not so diligent about the picture taking. I’ve been sticking to the cleanse and haven’t “cheated”  at all (I don’t like to use terminology like this, as it evokes “diet” mentality, but because everyone knows what I mean when I say that, we’ll just go with it). I continued to eat more avocado-chick pea pate sandwiches, snacked on apples w/ almond butter (+cinnamon, of course), and enjoyed lentil soup dinners every night this week.

The lentil soup was so easy to make! As usual, you can mix up the spices and/or veggies to create your own version of this, but I was pleased as punch with this combination:

[not pictured: kale and carrots!]

Hearty Cinnamon Spice Lentil Soup

1 small onion, chopped

2 c french lentils

2 stalks kale

2 carrots, chopped

4 c water (or veggie stock; I use water for soup bases when I’m cleansing)

1/2 T cinnamon

1/2 T cumin

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cayenne

1 T olive oil (+more for garnish)

salt + pepper, to taste

Pour your olive oil in a large soup pot. Add your onion and your spices and heat on medium until onions are translucent. Add your lentils and water. Bring to a boil and add the carrots. Turn heat down to a simmer and cover. Wait for about 20 minutes, or until lentils are soft. Add your kale and mix in until they’ve cooked down. Turn heat off and puree soup with an immersion blender.

Serve in small bowl, with a drizzle of olive oil and any spices on top you desire.

It was a nice change of pace from some of the cold dinners I’ve been having on the cleanse. Good for keeping warm in winter.

Today I’m having a “Clean” birthday brunch with a few friends as an early bday celebration (I turn 27 (ahhh!) on Tuesday!). I’m preparing a grain/berry medley and a cabbage + apple salad. Pics/recipes coming soon!

(I’m submitting this recipe to Healthy Vegan Friday and Wellness Weekend!)

Have a great weekend!

6 thoughts on “Hearty Cinnamon Spice Lentil Soup (Cleanse: Day 15)

  1. Robyn Field says:

    Thanks for another great recipe. Day 20 here and will continue for a while longer (kinda of feel like theres no real reason to stop!) I made the chick pea avocado salad and had it on food for lfes brown rice tortilla I also added some hearts of palm to the mix! Delicious!

    • rebelgrrlacademy says:

      That’s so funny, because I just had that on a Food For Life brown rice tortilla today too! : ) I added sprouts! We’re on the same page! Happy 20th day!!!

    • rebelgrrlacademy says:

      French lentils are like green lentils, except you have to look for the ones wearing little french berets…. ;) Just kidding. As far as I know, French are just a type of green that has a bit different flavor than other types of green lentils. I think they are the most delicious!

  2. FoodFeud says:

    Well, looks like yr heading into yr new birthday year on the right foot :) Cinnamon with lentils sounds genius! my sister recently taught me that it’s fabulous in baba ganoush as well. Who’da thunk?

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