Lentil Soup with Chard or Spinach

Lentil soup with greens, a nutritional power house of vitamins, minerals and legume protein.

1/4 C olive oil

1 C coarsely chopped onion
2 lg garlic cloves, minced
2 C lentils, rinsed and drained
1 C chopped, peeled tomatoes with juice
1 lb fresh chard or spinach, chopped finely
6-8 C water
salt to taste
1/8-1/4 C vinegar or lemon juice

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in large pot and cook onions until wilted (6-8 minutes). Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add lentils and toss to coat. Pour in tomatoes and stir in chard or spinach. Add 6 cups of water, cover and bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 50-60 minutes until lentils are tender. Add more water to desired consistency. Season with salt, lemon juice or vinegar. Stir in 2 tablespoons of olive oil just before serving.

Servings: 6-8

Submitted by Glenna J. Eady

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