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#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipeThis healthy, colour-packed recipe scoops up some key anti-inflammatory ingredients and simmers them in a silky autumnal broth. Whether you are fighting a cold, feeling low in energy or just fancy a nourishing bowl of something tasty, be sure to make time for this intensely flavoured and easily made soup. I bet you already have the ingredients.

#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipeBuilt on a base of quercetin-rich red onions, immune-regulating garlic and anti-inflammatory darling turmeric, the broth – at once light and hearty – floats a veritable who’s who of nutritious food superstars. Kale, carrots, lentils, sun-dried tomatoes (for a tasty dose of lycopene) and lemon zest, not to mention fresh herbs and chilli flakes, come together to invigorate you on the coldest and shortest of days. You can change the kale for cabbage of any kind; add in some cooked grains for heft; leave out the chilli flakes. But what I would say is that I have carefully balanced the flavours until I (and my chief tester) have judged it to be perfect. I would urge you to first try it as written before making it your own way – although you know I love it when you make my recipes YOUR recipes.

We have declared this our favourite soup of the season. I doubt I will better it, to be honest. But I will try!

#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipeA few words of wisdom – to be ignored if you like: serve the broth warm rather than scalding hot. The flavours really really come through when it has been cooked and allowed to cool a bit. Use the cooling time to slice some good bread (no sliced and bagged stuff please) and slide it into the toaster or under the grill. Now reach up on tip toes to fetch the good evoo that you hide from the rest of the household (oops, is that just me then?) and drizzle some over the toast, keeping it handy to anoint the soup if you wish. We have it without any fripperies but if you fancy doing so add shavings of fresh Parmesan or a vegetarian equivalent. This soup makes four hearty servings and freezes well. Andrew has taken it to work and eaten it at room temperature; he reported back that this was perfectly fine to do.

#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe5 Ways To Tweak Your Anti-Inflammatory Broth

1) Add in more goodness by tipping in a can of best quality tomatoes (tomatoes are NOT pro-inflammatory*, although individuals may be sensitive to the small amount of solanin in all edible nightshade relatives)

2) Change out the kale for its milder cousins, chard or spinach

3) Cook up some grains and add them in. Or better yet, reach into your freezer to add in some frozen grains that you cleverly cooked at an earlier date. Freekeh is especially fabulous here.

4) Make this with more of an Indian sub-continent vibe by adding in half teaspoon each of ground cumin, cinnamon and coriander; ditching the rosemary for leaf coriander/cilantro

5) Add in even more vegetables! The more the merrier. Why not try cubes of celeriac, rutabaga or green beans?#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe

* If you are interested in what DOES cause inflammation, have a read of this layman’s article from on the 6 Foods That Cause Inflammation

***And, if you are keen to know more about the power of turmeric (and what it can’t do) and the best way to use it, read (or re-read) my article, Spiced Golden Milk – Drinking To Your Health.

***Plus, my more recent article – with a fabulous turmeric soft drink recipe – that drills down into the best ways to get the most out of including turmeric in your diet.


How reluctant are you to switch from salads to soups? What are you craving right now?

#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe

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Mediterranean Turmeric Lentil & Lemon Broth
This healthy, colour-packed soup recipe scoops up some key anti-inflammatory ingredients and simmers them up in a silky autumnal broth.
#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword lentils, soup, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
large bowls
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword lentils, soup, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
large bowls
#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe
  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium-large saucepan over low-medium flame. Add the onion and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic, celery, carrots, turmeric, pepper, allspice, rosemary and chilli flakes. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until smelling gorgeous and garlicky.
  2. Add in the lentils and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and partially cover. Simmer for 20 minutes, until lentils are tender.
  3. Stir in the kale, sun-dried tomatoes and lemon zest to the soup. Bring back up to simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and parsley and serve warm, rather than hot.
Recipe Notes

This brothy soup tastes best on the day, but freezes and reheats well. If you know you won't be eating it for a day or two, leave out the last-minute additions of kale, sun-dried tomatoes and lemon juice until you reheat the broth.

To make the broth heartier, add a handful of cooked grains. Adding uncooked into the broth will "muddy" it, but that's just a cosmetic thing. Add more stock if using uncooked grains.

**Remember to follow me on Pinterest and, if you make my Mediterranean Turmeric, Lentil and Lemon Broth, click on the pin at the bottom and leave a photo of your make with a comment telling me what you think, or any awesome changes that you made. Whether on Pinterest, InstagramFacebookTwitter or of course here on the blog, I love to see what you do with my recipes, and I welcome your comments, tweaks and suggestions.**

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#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe






21 thoughts on “Mediterranean Turmeric, Lentil & Lemon Broth – anti-inflammatory and utterly delicious!

  1. Bniconann says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kellie, this looks divine! I especially like the suggestion of anointing the broth lol. I’m always excited for a hearty soup, but it’s hard to get everyone else on board since we are still in the Florida heat.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I hear you, Zully! I know what Florida is like at this time of year. Luckily this soup is great just barely warm, so you might just get away with it. Thanks for commenting 😊😊

  3. KFord says:

    Oh I just want to dip my spoon right into the screen, that looks totally delicious. Yum!

  4. Choclette says:

    Oh my Kellie. If I hadn’t already gone over to soups, I would now. I adore lentil soup of pretty much any kind, but this one looks extra special. I’m absolutely hopeless at following recipes to the T, but I’m bookmarking this one and I really will try to do it your way.

  5. vikalinkafood says:

    This soups is so dreamy and no doubt will warm me up in the upcoming months! I am definitely pinning it, Kellie. I love turmeric flavoured dishes so much!

  6. I am a soup addict – would happily eat it even in the summer. This looks so gorgeous and so healthy I wish I could spirit a bowl out of my computer screen!

  7. This looks amazing – I feel healthier just thinking about it 🙂

  8. This soup sounds amazing, love the flavours and I know my family would love it too. Putting on my to make list”!

  9. Esha says:

    The soup looks so inviting and delicious Kellie. Love turmeric flavor and I get soup addicted from fall to early spring. This would be so perfect

  10. I’ll definitely be making this as soon as I get to the store and get the ingredients for it. It looks great! And maybe it’d help with my stuffy sinuses I’ve had lately.

  11. This is seriously MADE for me in every way. I saw it on your lovely instagram post and thought it would become a real favourite inn our house. Im going to make it at the weekend…and great for my tight back muscles too.

  12. This looks glorious and I actually have all the ingredients in except the celery, so will have to remedy that and make a batch this weekend. Yum!

  13. Lathiya says:

    Turmeric is the one without which I never cook…the soup sounds delicious

  14. Ginny Chapman says:

    I’m making this for my very late saturday lunch ave added ancho chilli and made an allspice from cinnamon cloves and corinader

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Brilliant! Thanks for trying it out, Ginny. Love that you are making your own allspice to go in it too. Let know how you like it 😊

  15. Katie @ Whole Nourishment says:

    Your styling in these photos is gorgeous. It first caught my eye on IG and of course the recipe itself is stunning. I like your suggestions for giving it an Indian sub-continent vibe. Definitely will be taking it in that direction. Going on my list to make soon!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Your recipes have always been so extraordinary – but this one looks even more incredible than usual. I have to try this!

  17. Wilma says:

    Hi Kelly

    I went into your website via Google as I have not been receiving your Newsletter lately. I was searching or a soup for some of my friends – who are going through chemo. I went into your link for Nutrition and Cancer and got some great ideas for my friends.

    In the meantime – I made this soup for my husband who seems to have inflammation at the moment – so this was perfect. So amazing. I am surprised that there was any left for him. MMMMMMMMMmmm. Thank you.

    I will make up Mason jars of the dry ingredients to give to my adult children to take home after Canadian Thanksgiving. I am thinking they might even add some turkey to it.

    Should I re-subscribe to your newsletter ??? Hate to miss your posts.

    Take care

    1. kellie anderson says:

      HI Wilma. Sorry I didn’t reply sooner. I’ve been away and only just back. Thank you, thank you for your very lovely review of this recipe. I currently have a batch in the fridge that I am lunching on all to myself this week. 🙂 And I love your idea of making it up as a present. I had not thought of that angle, but I hope they enjoy receiving it. As for subscribing, I don’t have a newsletter (yet!), but if you aren’t getting my posts coming to your inbox there is a small Subscribe box in the right hand column. Let me know if you don’t see it. It’s not terribly prominent. Bad marketing on my part!

      1. Wilma says:

        Good to hear back from you Kellie .

        I just made your Piri Piri soup yesterday – and sooooooooo delicious. We try to keep a pot of soup on the stove every other day.

        Honestly Kellie – all of your recipes are sooooooo delicious. Thank you ! We are fortunate to have access to your cooking talents.

        I tried to re-subscribe – but the message says I am already subscribed !!! I have checked my junk – just in case – but it’s not there.

        Not sure why I am not receiving the posts.

        I keep calling it your Newsletter – sorry – I should be saying Posts.

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