Friday, August 29, 2008

Lentil Vegetable Soup

Oh man is this one of my favorite soups or what! No pics of it - partially because it goes pretty quickly, partially because it doesn't look so great in photos - kind of brown lumpy stuff, lol. However, this is HEALTHY, HEARTY and oh-so good (and really filling!). Lentils are full of fiber, protein, and tons of vitamins and minerals - perfect for you vegans out there! This is great because it is gluten free, corn free, soy free, dairy free, egg free, vegan/vegetarian and freezes incredibly well to boot. Makes a big pot so you have a great dinner, lunch tomorrow and freeze the rest for nights when you don't want to cook. It's great on its own or with a side salad - and mouth-wateringly delicious with some fresh baked bread. Hope you love it as much as I do!

Note: if you don't like broccoli or cauliflower, use whatever vegetables you wish. You can even use frozen vegetables, but add them in the broth-adding stage. If lentils leave you feeling gassy, rinse the lentils well and soak them for 2-4 hours, changing the water every hour before making the soup.

Meghann's Lentil-Vegetable Soup

1 Cup Organic Green/Brown Lentils
1 Cup Organic Red/Turkish Lentils
2 Cloves Garlic, Finely Chopped
7 Cups Water
2 Vegetable/Beef Bouillon Cubes (Low Sodium, Vegan if possible)
1-2 Stalks of Celery, Chopped
1 Medium Onion, Chopped
4 Stuffer Mushrooms, Coarsely Chopped
1 Cup Carrots, Chopped
1 Cup Broccoli, Chopped
1 Cup Cauliflower, Chopped
1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp Dried Basil
1/2 tsp Dried Parsley
1 good Squeeze of Ketchup (low sodium if available)
Freshly Ground Pepper to taste
1-19 oz Can Diced Tomatoes (No Salt)
Pinch of Sea Salt (or to Taste)
1/2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat, add the onion, carrot, garlic, and celery. Saute for 2-4 minutes, until they begin to soften. Add mushrooms and saute for another 2 minutes.
Add the water, bouillon cubes and lentils (add veggies if frozen now). Stir and bring to a boil.
Turn the heat to low (simmer) and add the ketchup and spices. Cook for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Add fresh veggies and cook for an additional 1/2 to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Enjoy with fresh bread, a side of green salad. Top with low fat/soy cheese if desired.

1 comment:

Barry said...

Alright Meghann, it looks simple enough.

Somehow my experience is that cooking conspires to get complicated somewhere along the cooking cycle.

But this looks possible.

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