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Turmeric Lentil Chia Soup

The recipe and photography for this post was provided by Carolyn Hodges of The Dinner Shift.

I find myself craving this lentil soup on a weekly basis! I like to think it’s because of the flavor, but I know that it’s because my body loves all of the healthy ingredients it contains.

Turmeric Lentil Chia Soup

In addition to being a really filling vegan soup, it’s also packed with anti-inflammatory and immune-supporting nutrients like zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids. That’s all in addition to the potentially beneficial antioxidant compounds found in the onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric and herbs.

Turmeric Lentil Chia Soup
Turmeric Lentil Chia Soup
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8 cups


  • 2 Tbsp. Heinen's olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrot, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger root, grated
  • 2 tsp. Heinen's ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 6-8 cups Heinen's low sodium vegetable stock
  • 2-3 cups Heinen's baby spinach
  • ½ cup cilantro and/or parsley, chopped
  • Juice from ½ lemon


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery and sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin, salt and pepper and cook for 60 seconds, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the lentils, chia seeds and 6 cups of the vegetable stock. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for 20-25 minutes, or the until the lentils are tender. Add more stock for a “brothier” soup.
  5. Once the lentils are tender, stir in the spinach until it just wilts, followed by the herbs and lemon juice.
  6. Add salt to taste (until the flavors “pop”) and serve.

Turmeric Lentil Chia Soup

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By Carolyn Hodges
Carolyn is a mom of boys and culinary dietitian in Cleveland, Ohio. The Dinner Shift is dedicated to helping busy moms get dinner on the table after the weekday grind, however that is defined for you and yours.

Recent Reviews

  1. 5

    This looks and sounds amazing! Me being in the culinary field Myself i think this is going to be a nice meal for this weekend. Thank you I can’t wait to give it a shot.

    Thanks again,


  2. 5

    Super delicious. The flavors meld beautifully, very easy to prepare, and rewarms nicely. This will become a staple to our winter soup recipes.

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