FOOD-X, Founder

Shen Tong is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, foodie, social activist, writer/poet, and film buff. One of Newsweek’s People of the Year in 1989, Shen Tong was an organizer of the democracy movement in 1989 that occupied Tiananmen Square while he was at Beijing University. After his exile to the US, he finished his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University, and went on to study in PhD programs at Boston University and Harvard University. Mr. Shen became an entrepreneur in the 1990s, founding or co-founding B&B Media and VFinity among other ventures in the past two decades.

Hearty Lentil Soup with Kale

6 cups of water 

3 Tbs. olive oil   

1 onion, chopped                         

2 carrots, diced 

3 stalks of celery, diced

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

6 cloves of garlic, minced

1 can diced organic fire roasted tomatoes (with chiles, optional)

1 idaho potatoes, diced                         

1 cup French lentils, rinsed        

2 cups Kale, chopped

1 t. salt

½ t. black pepper

2 t. dry tarragon

1 t. dry thyme

¼ t. red pepper flakes (optional) 

In large pot, bring water to boil. When boiling, add lentils, and simmer. Meanwhile, in heavy sauté pan, sauté onions, celery, carrots and potato in olive oil for 5 min. Add garlic and yellow pepper, and continue cooking for 5 more minutes. Add vegetables to lentil soup pot, and continue to cook for 30 minutes, until lentils are soft. With an immersion blender, partially blend the soup, leaving some texture to the soup. Add the chopped kale. Simmer for 10 more minutes, until kale is soft. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!