Green Lentil Soup

Lentils are a great vegetarian protein source. Try red, green and French lentils to see which you like best.

2 T unsalted butter or coconut oil                                1 lrg yellow onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped                                               1/2 t red pepper flakes

5 1/2 c. veg broth or water                                            1 1/2 c. green lentils 

3 T unsalted butter                                                         1 T. Indian curry powder

1/2 c. coconut milk                                                          sea salt

1 bunch fresh chives

Combine 2 T butter or coconut oil, onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes in large soup pot over medium heat, stirring  until onions soften, 

Add broth and lentils and simmer, covered, between 20-30 minutes until lentils are tender. 

Warm 3 T butter in small saucepan and let it brown. When it gets fragrant stir in curry powder and saute until spices are fragrant, < 1 minute

Remove lentils from stove, stir in coconut milk and 1/4  tsp salt, and puree . 

Stir in half the spiced butter, serve drizzled with remaining spice butter and sprinkle with chives.