Monday, May 6, 2013

Meatless Monday: Easy Lentil Soup

I'm trying out #MeatlessMonday posts here on Olivia Cleans Green. This is not a food blog, but I think Meatless Monday is awesome and I'd love to encourage people to eat more vegetarian meals. So each week, starting today, I'm going to share a vegan recipe that I've tried myself and can confirm will reap delicious results without advanced cooking skills or access to exotic ingredients.

Lentils for #meatlessmonday lunch
Today I made a big pot of lentil soup following a popular 2 step recipe from  The great thing about lentil soup is you can't really mess it up. As long as you include lentils and water, you're pretty much good. Here are a few tips and tweaks I've tried with this recipe:
  • red onion instead of yellow
  • vegetable broth made with Better than Bouillon vegetable base in place of all or half the water
  • I usually make a huge pot, so I'd say use about 3-4 cups of water/broth for each cup of lentils. I like a chunkier soup and you can always add more water or broth as you go too.
  • diced canned tomatoes instead of crushed
  • palmful of Italian seasoning mix (rosemary, oregano, thyme, basil,and parsley) instead of just oregano and basil. Use your favorite spices.
  • without garlic and vinegar (still tasty!)
  • frozen kale in place of fresh spinach (add about 10 minutes before end of cook time)
  • add potatoes or sweet potatoes/ yams (add about 30 minutes before cooking time ends)
  • cook for an hour and a half for softer lentils.
Did you know lentils are superhealthy? According to 9 Reasons to Love Lentils, they are teensy nutrient powerhouses containing iron, protein, phosphorus, copper, vitamin B1, potassium. Woo hoo! Go lentils! I know I always feel satisfied and energized after eating a bowl of this soup with a thick slice of toasted bread or crackers.

Happy Meatless Monday! Let me know if you try this recipe. Also, let me know if you're eating something else meatless tonight.

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  1. This soup looks SO good, perfect for a rainy day like the one we had today in NYC ;)

    1. thanks! eating soup and watching the rain makes for a perfect day indeed.

  2. Oooo I love lentil soup! We have a great family recipe for it, too. Great info on why lentils are so healthy! - Sara from My Merry Messy Life



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