Super Easy Soup – Lentil

simple-soup-lentilSome of my readers may remember me purchasing an enormous bag of organic brown lentils back last year.  Well, the lentils live on – damn there were a lot of them – but they are getting whittled down by making a simple and hearty meals like this vegan budget busting lentil soup.

One of the great things about lentils is they do not require soaking and they cook quickly.  I’ve made this soup when I’ve arrived home from work and it’s ready in about an hour.  And on the budget side, this soup makes for an amazing meal when paired up with some brown rice and a side salad.  Really, for the cost of a cup of lentils, a few veggies and spices – this soup is – well SOUPer!

Basic Lentil Soup
Vegan

1 cup of brown organic lentils (picked over and rinsed)
2 medium or 1 large white cooking onion
3 medium organic carrots
6 stalks of organic celery
6 cloves of organic garlic (I like a lot of garlic so you may want to dial this back)
2 tbsp grape seed oil
4 cups of water
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp dried organic basil
1/2 tsp dried organic thyme
1/2 tsp dried organic oregano
1/4 tsp dried organic lemon zest
2 tbsp organic tamari sauce
freshly cracked pepper to taste
fresh organic cilantro

Directions 

  1. Chop the onion, carrot and celery into uniform pieces and mince your garlic
  2. Heat up your heaviest pot and put in the grape seed oil
  3. Sauté the onion, carrot and celery until translucent
  4. Add the water, bring the mixture to a boil then let it brew on a high simmer until the lentils become very tender
    TIP: Cooking with the lid on will speed up the cooking time and help save energy!
  5. Add your dry spices and tamari and simmer on low for another 15 minutes
  6. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  7. This step is optional; I remove 2 cups of the soup from the pot and puree what’s in the pot and stir back in the 2 reserved cups.  This makes for a nicer looking soup and gives it a more hearty texture
  8. Serve up and bowl and top with cilantro
  9. If you are eating dairy, a hearty dollop of heavy sour cream would be divine on this :)

Frugally yours,
Anita Marie – @OrganicExpert

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