Do you believe in luck?

I believe luck is when preparation meets opportunity. So I guess that means we need to be prepared!

Luckily (pun intended) this plays right into the Recipe ReDux theme this month: GOOD LUCK FOODS. Some believe serving black eyed peas, greens or lentils on New Year’s Day will bring good luck throughout the year. So that means this Lentil Sweet Potato Soup {Vegan} recipe will bring you good luck. Wink!

Lentil Sweet Potato Soup

Hey, it can’t hurt. In fact, what do lentils resemble? Money! Yes, these coin-shaped legumes are considered lucky in Brazil and Italy, and are said to have been eaten for luck since the Roman times.

But honestly do you really need a “good luck” reason to eat something like LENTILS?

Okay… then let me give you another reason. Lentils are the perfect legume. High in fiber, low in calories and super nutrient rich, lentils are the one legume that doesn’t require pre-soaking. In fact, they cook up in 30 minutes flat.

So let’s just BELIEVE and hedge our bets and start off 2014 in a healthy way with my delicious, vegetarian-like Lentil Sweet potato Soup.

Ingredients

ingredients

½ cup dry lentils
1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes (with sweet onions) or any other combo-favor you like (see note)*
2 cans water
1 sweet potato/yam, peeled and cut into small chunks
1 small bunch kale, chopped ( 2 cups)
1/2 Teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon vinegar (balsamic is best, or apple cider vinegar)**
1 tablespoon olive oil**
Salt and pepper to taste

Pour the lentils, tomatoes, water, sweet potato and kale in a medium pot.  Cover and bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Don’t add the salt until the lentils are cooked or they will be tough.prepall in pot

*Here’s a note about the canned tomatoes. There are all sorts of tomatoes with added ingredients to choose from. Tomatoes with green chilies, tomatoes with cumin. I chose the tomatoes with sweet onions to bypass adding onions in the recipe.

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Remove from heat. Add the vinegar, oil and salt and pepper to taste.

next to pot**Why add oil? A splash of oil (fat) helps your body better absorb the nutrients like betacarotene and lutein.

**Why add vinegar? A splash of acid helps to bring out the flavor of all the ingredients. In my opinion, without the vinegar it would be too sweet.

Now GET REALLY LUCKY in 2014 with these other GOOD LUCK Recipe REDUX recipes…