Vadouvan-Spiced Red Lentil Soup
Vadouvan, a French-Indian spice blend similar to curry powder or garam masala, is used here to season a thick, satisfying protein- and folate-packed lentil soup.
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add leek, and sauté 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Stir in garlic and vadouvan spice powder. Add tomatoes, lentils, quinoa, thyme, bay leaf, and 6 cups water. Season with salt and pepper (if desired) cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until lentils are soft. Stir in lemon juice and parsley (if using) just before serving.