Sincerely Carolina

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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!)


  • 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.



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!