Nicole’s Super Soup

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Holy heck.  The weather in Charlotte was BEAUTIFUL this weekend.  Especially on Sunday.  Warm and sunny and pretty much everything I think of when I think, “Spring!”

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Daylight Savings rocked our world – I totally forgot about it and was super confused when Claire and I woke up at 9:45 (!!).  I bolted downstairs yelling, “You’re going to be late to your football game!”  I can’t believe that we made it to the Husband’s game on time.  I put clothes on three people (myself included) in the blink of an eye.

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(Same exact eyes, huh?!)


It was so warm, in fact, that we could have dinner out on the back deck.  This is truly my spring/summer “thing” and nothing makes me happier than a meal + a big glass of wine on my back deck.




This week’s workouts:


Monday:  High Intensity Interval bootcamp at the gym

Tuesday:  Rest

Wednesday: HIIT bootcamp

Thursday: 1200 yard swim

Friday: HIIT bootcamp

Saturday: 10 minutes on treadmill, 10 minutes on stairclimber, 10 minutes on row + some weights

Sunday:  A long walk <—my legs were tired!


On Friday night, I went out with BFF Nicole to get margaritas.  Well, I should say that I got margaritas because it turns out that Nicole hates tequila.  I cannot get over the fact that I’ve been friends with her this long (five years) and never knew she hated tequila!  Anyway, we sat at the best bar ever and chatted for a long time, and then I went back to her place and had this soup.  It was SO good that I asked her to write down the recipe so I could share it.


It’s got a ton of goodies in it – carrots, celery, lentils, tomatoes, coconut milk, kale… So healthy.  And so filling.


Nicole’s Super Soup



  • 1.5 cups dried lentils, soaked overnight (just place in a big bowl of water overnight)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 inch ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 celery stalks, diced
  • 5 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 16 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 quart veggie broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 7 ounces shredded kale (that’s a lot of kale)
  • 1 can light organic coconut milk




  • Soak lentils overnight.
  • In a large pot, cook the ginger, garlic, and oil on medium until soft.  Add the celery and carrots and cook until tender.  Add the spices and mix well.
  • Add tomatoes and wait until mixture simmers.
  • Add veggie broth, lentils, water, and shredded kale.  Cook with lid until kale wilts down.
  • Using an immersion blender or a blender, blend mixture.  If using a blender, blend portions of the soup at a time.  Blend until kale and veggies are small pieces, but not until it is pureed.
  • If necessary, return soup to pot.  Add coconut milk and mix well.
  • Let simmer for 15 – 20 minutes or until all veggies are tender.
  • Serving ideas:  With goat cheese, shredded cheese, crumbled tortilla chips.


Have an awesome Monday!



  • lucy March 9, 2015, 7:32 am

    can you please explain to us HOW you get Claire to sleep till (what feels to her like) 8:45 AM??

    • Caitlin March 9, 2015, 7:59 am

      I can’t 🙁 Henry never did this. He was up at like 5:30 all the time at this point. She is naturally a much better sleeper. I swaddle her, which I didn’t with Henry, and I’m better about putting her down for naps during the day. I also nurse her back down when she wakes up at 5/6. But again, Henry wouldn’t do that. So I think I just lucked out. Have you read Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child?

  • Jenn March 9, 2015, 8:50 am

    I think the step where you add lentils to the soup is missing. Also, celery stalk? Or is there something called celery stock that this recipe needs?

    • Caitlin March 9, 2015, 9:22 am

      Gah let me fix this when I get home. I transcribed the recipe when I was super sleepy :-/ hold please!

    • Caitlin March 9, 2015, 10:35 am

      Fixed 🙂 Sorry!

      • Kiara March 9, 2015, 11:25 am

        Stalk is the appropriate word. One long stalk out of a bunch. Or in this case 5. lol

        • Caitlin March 9, 2015, 12:03 pm

          Hahah F*CK I am so out of it today!!! Thanks.

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H March 9, 2015, 9:57 am

    yay for the first meal of the season outside!

  • Courtney! @ Redefining Athlete March 9, 2015, 11:04 am

    We grilled out and ate on the patio too. The world is just a better place in the Spring.

  • Ashley March 9, 2015, 5:02 pm

    It’s funny, they have the exact same eyes, which I think look more like yours — but when I look at Claire, I think she looks so much more like your husband than Henry! They are both precious.

  • Wannabe Health Nut March 9, 2015, 9:42 pm

    Soup looks tasty! About how many servings is it?

  • Jen March 10, 2015, 8:05 pm

    How many servings does this soup serve?

    • Caitlin March 11, 2015, 10:23 am

      5 ish

  • Michelle March 23, 2015, 7:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing the soup recipe! I added some red pepper flakes, a little vinegar, lemon and some extra salt and it was delicious!

  • Shannon March 24, 2015, 10:13 am

    Is the coconut milk necessary or could I omit it?

    • Caitlin March 24, 2015, 11:10 am

      I think you could omit but it wouldn’t be creamy then. More brothy.

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