Welcome back from Thanksgiving week! I spent my Thanksgiving break in Florida, laying by a pool, eating tons of carbs and cheese, and relaxing.
Also, there were those fun sized bags of peanut butter M&M’s in the house. But let’s never speak of that again.
I’m back in my routine, and for me, routine is synonymous with soup. Every Sunday morning, I go to my favorite yoga teacher’s class and then pop over to the grocery store and get supplies for soup, some sort of breakfast (usually oatmeal) and the rest of my food for the week.
When I get home, it’s soup time.
This soup is my way of apologizing to my body for all the carbs I’ve been stuffing in my face. It’s kind of like the food version of that super hard flossing we all do riiiight before we go to the dentist. Don’t act like that business is just me. When I eat this soup, I imagine Dr. Oz cheering me on because it’s packed full of super foods! This is soup that you can totally feel like a smug hippie while eating.
It’s also deliciously warm and can be as spicy as you’d like.
Yeah, I’m talking kale. Yeah, I’m talking carrots. Yeah, I’m talking sweet potatoes. If you like Kanye/Big Sean/Jay-Z and got that lame attempt at a joke, I love you. If not, listen to this…or just make this soup.
You’re going to spend a bunch of time chopping and peeling. I’d suggest firing up a podcast or something, and settle in. This soup is worth it. The sweetness of sweet potatoes, a tomato and carrots, plus the kick of an onion and a ton of fresh garlic, the crunch of celery and the punch of kale make this soup healthy and totally flavorful.
This soup gets more substantial with the addition of lentils.
It gets spicy with a mix of cumin, pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, curry powder and cinnamon. No, cinnamon is not a typo. It’s soup magic. Trust me on this.