Category Archives: Soups

Curried Red Lentil Soup

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There’s something about curry that just warms the soul–and the stomach most importantly.  As the weather cools down to crisp autumn temperatures, it’s the perfect excuse to eat steaming bowls of the stuff.  Curry dishes really do have the perfect  balance of creamy and savory with just enough spice to warm you up from the inside out. This particular dish contains red split lentils and a mixture of spices, optional coconut milk and vegetables.

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You can soak your lentils before cooking if that’s what you prefer or you can just rinse, then throw them in the pot with boiling water; they might take just bit longer to cook so make sure you allow enough time. You can also cook an especially big batch the night before, and have reheats for quite a few days–this is a tip that has saved me lots of cooking time.

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Curried Red Lentil Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups red split lentils
  2. 6 cups vegetable broth
  3. 3 tomatoes or 1 can of diced tomatoes
  4. 3 tbs. tomato paste
  5. 2 tsp. maple syrup or unrefined sugar
  6. 2 cups chopped carrots
  7. 1 cup fresh cilantro
  8. pinch of ginger
  9. 3 cloves minced garlic
  10. 1 tbs. turmeric
  11. 1 tbs. curry powder
  12. 1 tsp. dried basil
  13. 1 tsp. dried oregano
  14. 1 tsp. ground cumin
toppings
  1. extra chopped cilantro
  2. 3 cups coconut milk
  3. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse lentils and set aside. Sauté garlic, ginger and herbs/spices in oil or water in a large pot. When mixture softens and becomes fragrant, add tomatoes and tomato paste and mix into spices. Pour in veggie broth, carrots, cilantro and lentils and bring to a boil then turn down to low heat and cover; simmer for an hour or until veggies and lentils become soft. Add cilantro and coconut milk and serve with rice.
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Curry Pea Soup

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Comforting and warming on a chilly day, this soup has a velvety texture and a wonderful flavor. The aromatic spices add a nice touch of heat to combat the crisp temperatures outside. This creamy dish is very easy to whip up in a vitamix or food processor in a matter of minutes. Just quickly steam or boil your peas then throw them in whatever food processor/blender tool you have along with the spices and voila–creamy, velvety, and warming curry soup in no time!

 

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Curry Pea Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bag of frozen peas
  2. about 1/2 cup* of boiled water from cooking peas
  3. 1-2 cloves minced garlic (depending on how much garlic you like)
  4. 1 tbsp. cilantro
  5. 1/2 tbsp. curry powder
  6. 2 tsp. turmeric
  7. 1 tsp. cumin
  8. pink salt and pepper to taste
  9. lemon juice
  10. optinal ingredients: a few slices of sweet onion, 1/2 tsp. chili powder
Instructions
  1. Fill a pot halfway with boiling water and steam or boil frozen peas for and around ten minutes. Add cooked peas to a food processor or blender. The vitamix makes the creamiest consistency, but other blenders and food processors work well. Add everything else to the mix (except for lemon juice) and blend on high until very creamy. Once creamy soup has formed, add lemon juice and any extra spices, give it a mix then garnish with cilantro. Bon appétit!
Notes
  1. *use more or less of the cooking water for a more soupy or more creamy consistency
  2. Also, feel free to adjust spice amounts to your liking!
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Broccoli Noodle Soup

 

 

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Digging into a warm bowl of savory broth filled with oodles of noodles is very comforting–it’s no surprise that noodle soup is such a classic comfort food.  Unfortunately, noodle soup often contains large amounts of sodium, MSG, and other harmful ingredients that can wreak havoc on your health, but this  soup will nourish your body and soul. 

 

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Also, it’s super easy to personalize; simply use your favorite type of noodles and add in your favorite vegetables. I used garlic, steamed broccoli, and baby greens along with brown rice noodles(for gluten sensitivity or allergy).

Healthy Noodle Soup
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Ingredients
  1. vegetable broth
  2. 1 clove of garlic
  3. brown rice noodles
  4. steamed broccoli
  5. greens/veggies of choice
  6. 1 tsp parsley
  7. 1 tsp basil
  8. 1 tsp oregano
  9. 1 tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Boil noodles in the vegetable broth until al dente. Add clove of garlic, steamed broccoli, greens, and spices. Simmer for five minutes then serve.
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