Serves 6 to 8
-2 c. black beluga lentils (or green French lentils), picked over
-1 T. extra virgin olive oil
-1 large onion, chopped (use CSA onions)
-1 t. fine-grain sea salt
-1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
-2 c. water
-3 c. of leafy greens (chard, kale, beet greens, etc.), rinsed well,
ribs removed and finely chopped
-a pinch of saffron (30-40 threads)
-1 T. boiling water
-two pinches of salt
-1/2 c. 2% Greek yogurt
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan, add the lentils, and cook for about 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside.
While the lentils are cooking, make the saffron yogurt by combining the saffron threads and boiling water in a tiny cup. Let the saffron steep for a few minutes. Now stir the saffron along with the liquid
into the yogurt. Mix in the salt and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a heavy soup pot over medium heat, then add the onion and salt and sauté until tender, a couple minutes.
Stir in the tomatoes, lentils, and water and continue cooking for a few more minutes, letting the soup come back up to a simmer.
Stir in the chopped greens, and wait another minute.
Taste and adjust the seasoning if need be. Ladle into bowls, and serve with a dollop of the saffron yogurt. Enjoy!
From 101cookbooks.com, 1/08