Recipe: “Kids Love It!!” Lentil Soup

If you follow this blog you know that I enjoy cooking.  I enjoy adapting and creating recipes.  I enjoy trying new, and even complicated, dishes.  However, every once in a while I’m reminded that I certainly don’t need to “cook fancy” for my kids.  This week I’ve been sick, so we’ve had quinoa and some form of beans (chickpea stew, black beans, baked tofu etc.) for a few meals.  The kids are thrilled.  Another case in point: lentil soup.  I made this soup one night based on stuff we had in the fridge.  It was easy, basic, and I thought of it as something that would get us through dinner, but certainly not be memorable.  Turns out I was wrong.  Both kids love it, can’t get enough of it, and LP has requested it for dinner several times since.  Well, who am I to argue with my most important meal evaluator!

Kids Love It Lentil Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 TB olive oil
1 large or 2 small yellow onions, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried tarragon
1/2 lb. brown lentils
6 cups veggie broth
1 bunch of kale, washed and chopped
Salt and pepper to taste


1) Saute the onions and carrots in olive oil on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.  You want the onions to get a little brown and caramelized.  Then, add in the garlic and turn the heat up to medium.  Cook the garlic for about 1 minute.

2) Add in the thyme and tarragon and stir for about 30 seconds

3) Add in the lentils and broth.  Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 40 minutes.  1/2 way thorough the simmering time, add in the kale

4) Salt and pepper to taste, then serve!

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