Some call me Natasha (cherrystreet021) wrote in vegancooking,
Some call me Natasha

Lentil Soup

There is nothing better than being full and pleased with oneself! It makes me so happy.   I'm full because I ate some Lentil soup that I made, I'm pleased because I made it all by myself (and yes I gave myself a pat on the back!).  I'm very proud because it's the first ever soup I've made!  It was loosely based on a "Vegan-A-Go-Go" lentil soup recipe.  But I played around with it, but most certainly not completely my recipe!

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(I hope that cut worked, it's been very long since I included a LJ-cut - mods if it didn't I'm very sorry!)

1lb (450g) Lentils
2 quarts (2L) Water [ Or 1 quart of veggie broth)
4 celery ribs
4 Carrots
2 Onions
6-8 Cloves of Garlis
1 can of Diced Tomatoes (14 oz/.41L) [ I used about 6 mid sized fresh tomatoes]
1 tsp Oregano
3 sprigs Thyme
2 Bay Leaves
1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
Salt & Pepper
1 lb Baby Spinach
splash of Lemon Juice

My Modifications: 1 Head of Cauliflower, 2 large red peppers, Bok Choy ( I think, the only other leafy green I could find), I added a splash of vinegar.  I also used a lot more herbs - I felt the broth wasn't flavourful enough, so I added more herbs to taste.  I also added some Olives, and I used half flax seed oil and half veg oil in the beginning.
This was originally meant for a slow cooker, but I cooked it on a stove with dried lentils and everything turned out fine.

1.  Brown garlic, onions, carrots, celery and peppers.
2.  Add tomatoes, liquids and spices.  Bring to a boil.
3.  Add lentils, boil or simmer for about 35-40 mins.
4.  Add spinach/leafy green and lemon juice, cauliflower and olives and simmer until cauliflower is tender.
5. Enjoy with a delicious crusty bread!!!

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