Hearty Soup for a Cold Winter’s Night

“How we need that security. How we need another soul to cling to, another body to keep us warm. To rest and trust; to give your soul in confidence: I need this. I need someone to pour myself into.”
― Sylvia Plath

It’s freezing in Toronto.  Windchills, snow, ice…winter is making its presence known.  What’s better on a chilly winter’s night than some hearty, hot soup.  Perusing my fridge, I got the idea to make a butternut squash and kale soup with chicken.

Some of the ingredients – butternut squash, orzo and lentils.  Butternut squash is a great source of fibre and heart friendly vitamins while lentils deliver an impressive amount of blood-fortifying iron — especially when paired with a food containing vitamin C, such as citrus fruits or peppers. And like other legumes, lentils are a significant (and virtually fat-free) source of protein.

IMG_6695First, the lentils go into a pot of boiling vegetable broth seasoned with salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme.  I threw in some chopped garlic also.

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After about 10 minutes, the sliced squash is added.  This is left to boil for about 25 minutes.

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After the 25 minutes, sliced chicken is added.  The soup is then brought down to simmer for another 30 minutes.IMG_6699

Within this 30 minutes, the orzo is added. IMG_6700

By now the squash is soft, the chicken and lentils cooked and the smell fragrant.  Time to add the kale. IMG_6701

Just another 2 minutes to allow the kale to steep in the broth and soup is done. IMG_6704

Protein from the chicken and lentils, fibre and antioxidant properties from the squash and the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K from the kale. Not only flavourful and filling, this soup is healthy.

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