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Soup-ed Up.

by caroline

I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling icky and sick, there are very few things that sound comforting to me. Amongst the list, however, of things I might appreciate is:

  • hot tea
  • a nice, long nap
  • lots of hugs
  • pretty flowers
  • soup — and lots of it.

I’m sure everyone’s list is different, but I am fairly confident that the average person enjoys a warm  bowl of soup when she’s lookin’ for a little TLC. So, when I found out my sister, Amanda, was scheduled to have a minor surgery yesterday, I decided that whipping up a giant pot of soup could be just what she needed to make the healing process a comfortable one.

I pulled out the crock pot (my new obsession) and started to grab things from the pantry and refrigerator that I thought would make a tasty soup. I love when soups are nice and chunky (kinda like a cross between soup + stew), so I loaded this one up. It’s vegan on it’s own, but if you choose to add the feta cheese on top, then consider it vegetarian!

Spiced Vegetable Lentil Soup (gluten-free and vegan — without cheese : makes 10-12 servings)

(Print me!)

Ingredients

  • 64 ounces gluten-free vegetable broth
  • 2 cups lentils, dry/uncooked
  • 14- t0 16-ounce jar of mild salsa
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 medium red potatoes, cubed
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 small zucchinis, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • salt and pepper as desired
  • feta cheese for sprinkling on top (optional)

NOTE: I make large batches of soup because I love to have leftovers. You can, of course, choose to halve this recipe if it seems like too many servings for you.

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients into the bowl of crock pot and stir until combined well. Set crock pot to a low heat setting and allow ingredients to cook thoroughly. (NOTE: I set my crock pot to 10 hours and let it stew all day. You can, of course, set the crock pot to a higher heat setting if you need the cook time to be shorter.)

Serve in a bowl and sprinkle with feta cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

This soup is completely delicious without the cheese, but the feta topping adds a lil’ something extra. If you’re craving the cheese affect, but want to keep it vegan, then try a vegan cheese, like Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds.

Amanda said the soup was delish, so that, of course, put a smile on my face. Here’s to a speedy recovery!