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Spicy Lentil Soup for Hungry Cyclists

This quick and easy soup has lots of flavour and zest.  Serve with a fresh loaf of bread and you’ve got a fast, nutritious meal. (Inspiration: bikeradar.com-serves 4)
Ingredients:

      – 2 tbsp olive oil
      – 1 onion (chopped)
      – 1 bay leaf
      – 1 celery stick (chopped)
      – 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (or to taste)
      – 1/4 tsp chili powder
      – 1 tsp cumin seeds
      – 1 1/2 cups green lentils
      – 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
      – 1 28 oz. (793 mL) can of diced tomatoes
      – salt and pepper
      – 4 cups chicken, or vegetable stock
      – freshly chopped parsley or cilantro

Instructions:

      – Heat oil and sauté the onion and celery for a few minutes.
      – Add bay leaf, red pepper flakes, chili powder and cumin seeds and stir for 30 seconds.
      – Add the lentils, vinegar, tomatoes, and stock, and bring to boil.
      – Simmer for 40-50 minutes, stirring frequently.
      – Season and serve with parsley or cilantro


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