Ah, chilly, wet, wonderful day. Here's a yummy soup for such a day, from http://www.bonappetit.com/ which I modified a bit. Feel free to mess around with the spices. I did.
Curried red lentil and swiss chard stew with garbanzo beans
2 tb olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, diced
5 teaspoons curry powder
(can also add sweet paprika, garm masala, cumin, coriander, cloves etc. And can add cooked chicken chunks/shreds if you want a non-vegetarian dish. )
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
3 14-oz cans chicken or vegetable broth (I used one 32 oz box of chicken stock)
1 large bunch or 2 small bunches Swiss chard, tough stalks removed, coarsely chopped.
1- 1/2c diced butternut squash
1 pound red lentils (about 2 1/4 c)
1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained
Heat oil in heavy large stock pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, saute until golden (about 13 min.) Mix in curry and spices, stir. Add broth and squash and lentils (follow package directions on lentils) Cook until squash and lentils are soft. Add chard and garbanzos, cook about 10 min or more, until chard is soft.
Can serve topped with a dollop of yogurt. Makes 6-7 servings.