French Lentil Soup from Voluptuous Vegan

1 C. French lentils
6 C. spring water
2 t. thyme leaves
1 t. rosemary
1 bay leaf
½ C. fresh parsley or 2 t. dried
2 T. olive oil
2 medium onions
3 cloves garlic
¼ t. hot pepper flakes
1 T. tomato paste
1 large can tomatoes
½ C. red wine
Salt and pepper
1 bunch Swiss chard

Place lentils, herbs and water in large pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer 25-30 minutes. Warm oil in skillet. Sauté onions, garlic and pepper flakes 8-10 minutes. Add red wine, turn up heat until reduced by half. Add tomato paste and tomatoes. Simmer a few minutes. Add lentils, salt and pepper. Simmer, add chard before serving, and adjust seasonings.

Parsley Cilantro Dressing

½ bunch fresh parsley
small handful fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ C. olive oil
¼ C. lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
½-1 t. sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor, mixing until smooth. Serve chilled.

Immune Boosting Herbs & Spices

Balanced nutrition is key to health and longevity. With the right quality and quantity of food the body has the natural ability to balance hormones, strengthen the immune system, promote healthy digestion and elimination and have greater mental clarity. Diet and nutrition can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, mental decline and stroke.

Herbs and spices can be used to enhance immunity, boost metabolism, and aid digestion.

Garlic is believed to have anticancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Parsley
contains vitamin C, chlorophyll, flavanoids, coumarins, monoterpenes and polyacetylenes which support metabolic function and prevent disease.
Cinnamon helps improve digestion and circulation, aids anti-microbial activity and specifically reduced overgrowth of candida albicans yeast; helps maintain steady blood sugar levels and boost brain function.
Cloves, cayenne, ginger and bay leaf lessen your risk of inflammation and excess insulin by raising metabolism or by lowering glucose levels.
Hot peppers contain capsaicin which is antifungal and antimicrobial and studies show it may kill cancer cells.
Tumeric is the highest known source of beta-carotene, one of the most powerful antioxidants that help protect the liver from damage by free radicals.