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Turmeric Lentil Chia Soup

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

This lentil soup is everything I crave during the winter months, especially after the holidays.

Turmeric Lentil Chia Soup

In addition to being a really filling vegan soup, it’s also jam-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. olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger root, grated
  • 2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. 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 low sodium vegetable stock
  • 2-3 cups 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 and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for 20-25 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Add more stock for a “brothier” soup.
  5. Once 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

Interested in making this recipe? Order the ingredients online for Curbside Grocery Pickup or Delivery.

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By Carolyn Hodges
Carolyn is a boy mom 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.

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