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Swiss Chard and Lentil Soup With Lemon Juice
From: Gypsy

Vegan soup, can be served as hot or at room temp, It's nice and tart, low in fat high in protein.

SERVES 4 -6

  • 9 cups water
  • 1 cup green lentil, picked through
  • 1 bunch swiss chard, stemmed and chopped
  • 10 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed to a paste
  • salt
  • 2 lemons, juice of
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, stemmed and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 cup of diced potato (optional)

Wash the strips of Swiss Chard; drain.

In a large saucepan put the lentils and about 9 cups of water, place on high heat.

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and add the Swiss Chard. Cover and boil gently for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile heat the olive oil in a skillet, add onions. Cook on medium heat until translucent; add the garlic paste and cilantro and cook gently for 3 minutes; transfer to the saucepan and mix well with the softened chard and the lentils.

Continue cooking covered for another 45 minutes until the lentils are tender.

Slowly incorporate the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper; simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.

Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary, serve at room temperature.

In the winter I tend to add potatoes to this soup, making it more hearty. This soup is nice and tart.