Spicy Lentil Soup

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I’ve probably made this spicy lentil soup more than I have made anything else on here (except for granola bars & hemp protein shakes since I make them quite often for post-work outs). This is a really delicious, hearty, comforting and low fat soup. You don’t have to stick to the recipe either – Actually, the photograph for the soup is a little deceiving because I had some veggies in the fridge that I needed to use up and I decided to put some gluten-free tofu noodles into it, which I’ve never done before. Either way, it’s so good and you can make a large pot and have it for several days. I have to admit that I did rush the photos for this as my weeks have been very busy, but I still wanted to get this recipe up. It tastes a lot better than it looks. :)

I’ll mention the things I added to this batch at the end of the ingredients list in order to give some extra ideas.

Spicy Lentil Soup

Ingredients
* 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
* 1 green onion, chopped / half white onion, chopped
* 2 chopped celery stalks
* 1-2 carrots, sliced with peeler
* 2 potatoes, diced
* 1 1/4 cup dried lentils (I often use half lentils, half barley)
* 5 cups water / stock (I use veggie stock cubes added into water)
* 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
* 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp cumin
* 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp ground pepper
* 2-3 chopped fresh tomatoes / canned whole tomatoes
* 2 cups spinach, finely chopped / kale
* 1 tbs lemon juice

* In my latest soup, I added some chopped snow peas and some gluten-free tofu noodles (see photos below). I got the noodles at a small grocery store that sells a lot of vegan and organic foods. It had 2 servings per pouch at 20 calories a serving and requires no cooking, just drain and serve – it’s a great alternative to wheat pasta.

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Directions

  1. Saute onion, celery & carrots on medium heat for 5 minutes in a large pot.
  2. Add the water/stock, cumin, garlic, pepper flakes, lemon, curry powder, potatoes & lentils/barley.
  3. Cover and cook on low-medium heat for approximately 1 hour (I find it normally takes longer if I’m making a large pot… so it may be more like 1 1/2-2 hours).
  4. Add the tomatoes and spinach/kale and cook 10-20 minutes longer.
  5. Allow to slightly cool and serve.
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5 Responses to “Spicy Lentil Soup”

  1. […] Low Fat Lentil Soup | Calm Mind Busy Body I got the noodles at a small grocery store that sells a lot of vegan and organic foods. It had 2 servings per pouch at 20 calories a serving and requires no cooking, just drain and serve – it's a great alternative to wheat pasta. _. Directions. Saute onion celery & carrots on medium heat for 5 minutes in a large pot. Add the water/stock, cumin, garlic, pepper flakes, lemon, curry powder, potatoes & lentils/barley. Cover and cook on low-medium heat for approximately 1 . […]

  2. Thank you so much, I enjoy reading about other vegetarians and vegans as it gives me the strength to continue. I have about a thousand vegetarian feeds in my google reader, but another can’t hurt!! I did manage to find a good lentil recipe here, but I’ll be sure to try yours too. Thanks!

  3. Marx Esteen says:

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