Kitchen Scraps: Golden Kale & Lentil Soup

February 14, 2017

Kitchen Scraps: Golden Kale & Lentil Soup by Faring Well

Welcome to another edition of “kitchen scraps”, where the leftover little recipes in my kitchen find a home. Here you will find a simple recipe I enjoyed but didn’t make the cut for a full-bodied blog post. I hope you enjoy the little wins I get to share with you here – and let me know if you give any “kitchen scraps” a try by tagging your Instagram photos #fwkitchenscraps

Happy Valentines Day! I know, where is the chocolate, right? I like to think this is a cozy date-night-in food too. It’s been a few months since I’ve dropped a “kitchen scraps” post on you here, and am happy to be bringing it back in 2017 with this (hearty) golden bowl of soup. This one has been enjoyed in large batches a handful of times in our home the past few weeks, and is perfect for the evenings when you need an easy one-pot-wonder. It uses six vegetables, comes together in under a half hour, and is packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber, and good-for-you carbs. This makes for a killer lunch as well, and is one of my man’s favorites to heat up throughout the week! Because leftovers are always the best choice.

Yesterday I kicked off #FWloveweek on Instagram stories, where I’ll be sharing three things (can be people too) I really love each day. It will go through Friday of this week, so be sure to tune in for some fun-tivites over there ;). Knowing that I could do this every day for a lifetime and still not give praise to the people and things I am grateful for most, I decided I would extend the love to this post today. Here are the things catching my eye, tugging on my heart strings, and invigorating my soul as of late! I hope you enjoy the fun links and shares this week, and love everyone real good okay?! -xx


The documentary Just Eat It has caused me to pause and take a close look at my life in terms of waste. I’ll be sharing more on the changes I’ve made in this department soon, but encourage you to watch the film and become inspired as well – our future’s are counting on it! Also, any ideas on how to have a larger impact in this realm are welcomed – I’d love to get more involved and see us all do it together as a community too!

Something adding value to my life lately has been stepping back and asking myself what institutions I appreciate, and how I can proactively show my support. The first that hit my heart was The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano. I’m so grateful for the time and energy they spend educating the public (specifically children) on sustainability and how we can shrink our water footprint. I’ve begun volunteering, albeit for a small portion of time, to take care of their garden beds once a week. This small choice has proven to enrich my life greater than accomplishing any other work related item on my todo list that day.

Scott and I recently re-evaluated our budget (apparently planning for kids in the future costs a lot of money or something). Our spending had to get tighter – and I welcomed this with open arms. I love the challenge of budgeting, and the way it reveals how little you really need and all the “free fun” there is to be had. My pilates classes had to be cut, and I’ve returned to running outside and strength training with Kayla Itsines at home instead! She kicks my butt and I’m so grateful to have found this workout app. Only 28 minutes per training session, but heck if those aren’t the longest 28 minutes of my life.

Speaking of Kayla and the BBG program, I finally found (after three and a half years of searching) a swim suit I love! I have been bikini-less for so long, refusing to give into the poorly-made and barely-there swimwear hanging on all the racks. Enter: Seaa. They hand make their swimsuits (see mine here) in LA for girls with active lifestyles. Meaning, you have a booty, and you’d like to dive into a wave and not loose you’re bottoms. Leave it to a bunch of surfer chicks to make the best suits.

After six weeks of testing all natural skincare routines, I’m back to my tried and true favorites. Ten years using Origins Zero Oil cleanser and A Perfect World moisturizer (which I cannot find on their site anymore) has given me the skin I love. Everyone is so different, and what works for me may not work for you, but I wanted to share my loves in this department. A few new products I have discovered through this exploratory phase, and wish to keep in my routine, are: Cocokind’s matcha stick, chlorophyll mask, and sea moss exfoliator; and Odacité’s beauty mask with activated charcoal.

Lastly a few Ted Talks that have stirred my soul that I recommend giving a watch: Jaime Oliver’s “Teach Every Child About Food”, and Dame Ellen MacArthur’s “The surprising thing I learned sailing solo around the world.”

Serves 4 as a meal, or 8 as a side.

the broth
1 1/2 cups chopped carrot (skin on)
1 cup chopped sweet potato (skin on)
1/2 yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
sea salt & pepper (to taste)
1 tablespoon quality olive oil
4 cups vegetable broth (low sodium)

mix ins
2 cups cauliflower rice (see note)
1 bunch of kale
2 cups cooked french lentils

Make the broth using a 68 ounce high speed blender: Combine the ingredients for the broth in the blender, secure the lid, and puree on high for five minutes. Pour into a large soup pot on the stove and bring to a simmer.

Make the broth using an immersion blender: Combine the ingredients for the broth in a large soup pot on the stove. Bring to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are soft. Puree until smooth using an immersion blender.

Once the creamy broth is made and simmering on the stove, add the cauliflower rice and cooked lentils. Stir and bring back up to a simmer. Rinse and chop the bunch of kale into bite size pieces, only discarding the thickest part of the stems. Add to the soup pot, stir, taste, and adjust seasonings if needed. Let simmer, uncovered, for another 10 minutes.

Serve hot, and let any leftovers fully cool before transferring to airtight glass containers and storing in the fridge. Reheat and enjoy within 4 to 5 days. (Could potentially freeze really well, but I haven’t tried yet.)

NOTE: Make your own cauliflower rice using both florets and stems from heads of cauliflower. Simply pulse in a food processor until the consistency of rice. Or place in a 68 ounce container of a high speed blender, set to level four, and pulse until resembling rice.


  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout February 14, 2017 at 5:31 am

    I love this post, Jessie! I am definitely more of the cozy pot of soup at home type, rather than the chocolate and flowers etc. <3

    • Reply Faring Well February 16, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you Maya <3 I am so right there with you! Scott had to learn the hard way one year that flowers and chocolate aren't my thang ;). I hope you had a fun v day too! xo

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full February 14, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Jessie! <3 This looks like the perfect date-night-in soup :) I really enjoyed reading your notes… I'm trying to crack down on my budget, too, and it's certainly been a challenge! Especially cooking more at home instead of eating out (which you wouldn't think would be a challenge for a food blogger, right? lol!). But it's forcing me to be creative and I love that! :) Sending hugs, friend!

    • Reply Faring Well February 16, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Happy v day Sarah! Thanks so much for the soup love ;) and I’m so glad you enjoyed the #FWloveweek list too! Being on a budget is such a blast, I’ve never eaten so creatively and had so much free fun! Here’s to hoping we never have excess and can always be pushed to be creative :). Hugs back to you lady! xx

  • Reply Karlie February 14, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I love this post and all of the culturally aware links, it’s nice to get away from the fluff/politics ones I see all too much these days. So glad you posted about that swimsuit, I’m going to costa rica (whoo!) in a few weeks and have been searching for a new one. xx

    • Reply Faring Well February 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Eep! Thank you. I really appreciate that, Karlie. And SO amped for your trip to Costa Rica (!!!). Omg their suits are the best, I love the style of the one I got and totes recommend it for adventuring. <3

  • Reply Jessica February 14, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I love that this soup came in the form of “kitchen scraps”. The idea of soup simmering for hours on the stove always sounds wonderful, but few people actually take the time to do it. But this soup makes getting a warm, nourishing meal on the table seem so simple and manageable. Ah, you’ve done it again :) Maybe we can consider the similar version of soup I made the “long version”. I have to tell you I love your #FWloveweek that you’ve been sharing in your stories. I hope you’re having a wonderful Valentine’s Day with Scott (filled with the wildflowers, brownies, Jessie bowls, and the works)!

    • Reply Faring Well February 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Aw Jess, you always make my day with your comments. Thank you for loving on the soup, I’m such a sucker for anything nourishing and simple. I’d love to try your longer method one day though still ;). And that makes me so jazzed to hear your enjoying the series too! It honestly has been so fun on this end getting to share <3. I hope you and your man had the sweetest v day too girl, you're the sweetest. xx

  • Reply Sophie February 14, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Happy Valentines day, buddy! I’m totally with you on reducing waste. It’s amazing how much we can generate. Even though Adam and I try to be good about rotating our veggies, etc, something always heads to the compost. In part reducing waste goes along with saving financially, and again like you -we’re thinking about the enviable future. Man, being adults is hard :) Hope you have a beautiful week. P.S. Loving these nourishing bowls!

    • Reply Faring Well February 16, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Man, being adults is SO hard Sophie! Scott and I try to do one (or more) childish thing a day to keep the free spirits alive, but those grown up things keep creeping in! All for the better though I’m sure. Excited for you and your man, and also happy to have some comradely in this food waste epidemic *sigh*. Hoping you are having a wonderful week too friend! Extra thanks for the soup bowl love as well! <3

  • Reply Peggy February 15, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks Jessie!!
    That recipe sounds wonderful… It also fits in my new diet of milk and gluten free (for life!) :(
    But, my good health is very important!
    Say Hi to Scott!

    • Reply Faring Well February 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Hi Peggy! Oh yes, your good health is very important – we all need to go to Green Leaf again for dinner soon! xx

  • Reply Peggy February 16, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I’m up for that!!

  • Reply Julia February 18, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Totally feel you on the “waste/budgeting” topic. I’ve been saving all my kitchen scraps from making a million soups every week (carrot ends, celery ends, shallot, ginger peels, etc.) and making broth. It really forces you to get creative ;) I kinda love it.


    • Reply Faring Well February 21, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      That is so amazing Julia, I kind of love it too! <3

  • Reply February 20, 2017 at 10:01 am

    This post is packed with SO much goodness, Jessie! I really appreciate and admire your kitchen scrap series. I all too often feel uninspired with my leftovers and your post was such a beautiful reminder of how much potential all those scraps have. Thanks for such a thoughtful post (as always). Also, I am so eager to check out that documentary, Just Eat. Thanks for the tip. xoxo

    • Reply Faring Well February 21, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Kristan, you are so sweet, thank you! I am so happy you are enjoying this series, and cannot wait for you to watch that documentary – it is an eye opener for sure <3. Hope you are doing well girl!

  • Reply Deborah February 21, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Last year one of my goals was to reduce my kitchen waste. I’m sad to say I think I’ve slowly been drawn back to buying too much food again. I’m so inspired by beautiful food, I sometimes forget I’m only eating for one. Thanks for the kick in the butt again. I think its good to continually reassess how things are going. Thanks Jessie xx

    • Reply Faring Well February 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      I feel you Deborah, I seem to go through ups and downs in this department too! And I agree, continually pausing to reassess on our habits is so needed – it’s easy to veer off track without time for reflection <3.

  • Reply marianne February 23, 2017 at 8:01 am

    This is so inspirering! I really, really, really should try to reduce our kitchen waste. But do not find it easy at all! Love the way you are doing it! thx for the recipe (and inspiration) x

    • Reply Faring Well February 27, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      It definitely takes habit tweaking, don’t feel discouraged! I struggle at times too. And thank you for your sweet compliments here Marianne, you are so appreciated! Hope you had the best weekend <3

  • Reply betty February 28, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Um, I want you to come and raid our kitchen – I have the hardest time dealing with scraps, but one of my goals this year is to minimize waste, and that means using up every scrap. I’ll be following this series avidly, and hope I can learn to be like you!! Goals!

    • Reply Faring Well February 28, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      You are welcome any time Betty! I would die to have you over to cook and play. I love that this is one of your goals too this year girl! We will have to chat it up in April <3. XO

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