Lentils are a great source of fiber and protein, but you have to eat them to get the benefits. This lentil soup is loaded with flavor and vitamins!

1 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 t dried basil
1 t dried oregano
1 t cumin
2 cups lentils, rinsed and drained
2 fresh tomatoes, diced, or 1 can
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
4 cups water
1 cup chopped spinach
2 T balsamic vinegar
garlic salt and pepper, to taste

    Saute onion, carrots, and celery in olive oil over medium high heat until onion is translucent. Add garlic, bay leaf, basil, oregano, and cumin, and cook for another minute. Add lentils, tomatoes, chicken stock and water, and bring to a boil. 
    Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for an hour and a half. Stir in spinach and vinegar just before serving. Season with garlic salt and pepper.

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