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Lentil Chia Soup

*This is part of my Bourne living series, which promotes healthy ways to eat while pregnant!*

It is said that you find people through your passions. Well, I always seem to meet people through food.

carrotstomatoesleeks During jury duty, where the “waiting room” is packed with citizens clinging to their mobile devices and collections of stuff to entertain them while they wait for the dreadful call, I scouted my seat options, spotting a seat open next to a woman with long thick hair, wearing clogs. I plopped down, waited a few seconds and asked,  “Are you a chef?” She answered, “yes!” The rest of the day we didn’t stop chatting, laughing, and even went to lunch on our break. We both dodged jury duty and kept in touch for a while. I popped into Anthesis Organic Skincare, to pick up a balm and a natural lip gloss and came out with a business partner to host a skillshare class on Wholesome Living Inside and Out in the flagship West Elm Market.   choppedveggies   I met my housekeeper and cooking companion, Mildred at a going away party for a mutual friend. The host invited Milo to join as his best friend was Roman, a 175 pound english massif, who was moving to the blue mountains of Virginia in a week. After a few scoops of guacamole and a citrusy margarita, I volunteered to take milo and Roman for a quick walk, Mildred joined. We entered the elevator, chatting about salsas, chipotle laced  black beans, different chilies and masa.  Neither of us focused on pushing the elevator. Fifteen minutes later, we realized that we moved only because someone from another floor pushed the down button. I have seen her for the last three years every Friday. And we still cook together and chat about food. So it isn’t surprising that in a soho salon a few weeks ago, I would strike up a conversation, with a successful and sassy business woman, about food, cooking and what healthy foods to eat while pregnant. About twenty minutes later, she asked me to consult and design a “regimented” plan for her. Lucky you…For the next nine weeks, I will give you a sneak peak into our healthful and tasty “regiment” by posting one recipe a week packed with power foods ingredients, nutritious options that are satisfying and easy to make on your own. Join us on the Bourne Living Project— our eating journey, whether you are pregnant, wanting to start the year off on a healthy note, or just enjoy tasty wholesome foods.   Carrot Lentil Chia Seed Soup    Ingredients   2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon turmeric 1 tablespoon cumin 3/4 tablespoon coriander 1 large white onion, chopped 3 cloves of garlic, minced about 1” fresh ginger, minced 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and diced 1 chili in adobo, diced 3-4 cups chicken stock — vegetable stock will also work for a meat-free option 3 large carrots, cut into 1/4” cubes 1 leek, leaves and white greens 14 oz can whole tomatoes 2 cups red lentils 1/4 cup white chia seeds     souponstove     Method   1, Thinly slice and rinse leeks. Set aside in a bowl of cold water. 2. Break up the canned tomatoes with your hands; discard liquid. 3. Dice carrots, garlic, ginger, onion, and jalapeño; set aside. 4. In a large saucepan or medium stockpot, heat olive oil on medium heat and cook onions until just translucent. 5. Add paprika, turmeric, cumin, and coriander and toast for about a minute. 6. Add garlic, ginger, chili in adobe, and a pinch of salt. Cook for 1-2 minutes before deglazing with white wine vinegar and stock. 7. Add carrots, leeks, and tomatoes to the stock. Cook for 5-7 minutes before adding lentils. 8. Once the lentils are in the pot, cook for around 15 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Season with salt and black pepper, stir in chia seeds, and serve immediately. 9. We garnished with cilantro, avocado, and hot sauce, but get creative with your own favorite flavors!   platedsoup   This recipe is *packed* full of healthy ingredients. For as long as I can remember, I have loved researching and learning about the benefits of each ingredient in a recipe. One of my favorite classes in college was food studies. Now, with my culinary training and my knowledge of nutrition, I can have fun creating recipes that taste good and nourish your body. Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll get from this soup!   soupspices   Chia Seeds — High levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and anti-oxidants   Turmeric — Full of curcumin, which is a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory   Ginger — The zinc, chromium, and magnesium in ginger help to maintain normal blood circulation, fight cold and flu symptoms, and strength your immune system   Tomatoes — Tomatoes are filled with lycopene, which prevents the formation of harmful free-radicals, and helps to combat the negative effects of UV damage.

Satisfy your senses,
Amanda (follow me on Twitter!)

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