Moroccan Spiced Red Lentil Soup

I’ve been cooking sans oil for the last few weeks because of my Engine 2 Oil-Free Challenge and I’ve discovered that I used to use oil in so many recipes where it simply wasn’t needed. In fact, in most cases, I think the recipe tastes better without the oil…you can really taste the veggies when they aren’t all covered in oil! Isn’t it funny how we are “programmed” to think that we need oil in order to cook delicious food? Now, in recipes like soups, stews, or stir-fry dishes, I simply use a small amount of low sodium veggie broth to saute…it’s a staple in my house…I pick up a box or two every time I go grocery shopping so I know that I’ll always have it on hand.

I’ve been going through a lot of veggie broth lately…because I’ve been making a lot of soups and stews. Paired with some warm crusty bread or vegan corn muffins, it’s perfect comfort food during the cold weather months, and they are so simple to make! My little Luke loves soup and nothing makes me happier than to see him chowing down on soup loaded with fresh veggies. If I put each of those ingredients on his plate individually, he’d probably pick at them a bit but not really eat much of them…mixed into soup he hardly notices the veggies. :)

One of my favorite soups to make…packed full of veggies…is lentil soup. When I was growing up my Mom would often make a big pot of lentils and serve them with cornbread for a simple and yummy dinner…maybe that’s why I have a soft spot for lentils. :)   I myself have made many a batch of lentil soup…but, this one is my favorite so far. It’s seasoned perfectly with Moroccan spices…but it’s not too heavily seasoned like some other recipes that I’ve tried. I added some kale to ours…just because I love adding greens to soup…but, it’s not necessary for flavor.

I hear comments all the time about how time consuming it is to eat healthy…and I can’t argue that point…but, a time saving little tip is to make a big pot of lentils, or soup, or beans and then you have leftovers for at least a day or two. Plus, if you use red lentils like this recipe calls for instead of green lentils, they cook in about 15 minutes…now that’s a fast dinner! :)

Health & Happiness ~ Melissa

Moroccan Spiced Red Lentil Soup
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Recipe type: Main, Soup
Author: Melissa
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 4-6
A perfectly spiced warm and delicious bowl of soup. You could also use green lentils in place of red…but, you’ll want to adjust the cook time longer because green lentils take longer to cook tender. You’ll also need some extra veggie broth for the longer cook time.
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups low sodium veggie broth
  • Optional ~ 2 cups chopped greens (kale, colllards, or spinach)
  • Sea salt & pepper – to taste
Instructions
  1. Saute your onions, celery, and carrots in a small amount of the veggie broth (or water) until they start to get tender…about 5 minutes.
  2. Add your garlic and all of the spices and cook for about 1 more minute to release the spice flavor…checking often to make sure that you don’t need a little more broth or water for the pan.
  3. Add lentils, canned tomatoes, and 6 cups of veggie broth.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce to low, and cook for about 15 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  5. If using greens, add them to the pot the last 5 minutes of cook time.
  6. Season with salt & pepper to taste
 

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About Melissa

I've been blessed with an amazing husband, Tyler and two amazing children, Mia who is 5yrs old and Luke who is 3yrs old. Our entire family has a passion for food. We see food as a means of nutrition, something wonderful to enjoy and indulge in, and meals...if we are doing them right...serve as a fun social experience too! Food definitely brings this family together!
Our family, as a whole, eats a mostly vegetarian diet...although we do consume meat and fish, on occasion. So, I'm always looking for and trying out new vegetarian and vegan recipes that hopefully all of us will enjoy.
Besides food, we are passionate about gardening. We have an organic veggie garden in our backyard that provides a good portion of the veggies that we consume. The kids love to jump in and get their hands dirty and it's crazy how much they already know about gardening! It makes my husband and me so happy to think that they will (hopefully) carry this experience and lifestyle into their futures.
I'm also passionate about learning new ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and provide one for my family...and, I love sharing these ideas with anyone who is interested in hearing about them! So, as I discover recipes and other healthy happy things I will share them...and when you discover some yourself...I'd love for you to share them with me! :)

Comments

  1. Kimmypoo says:

    Looks YUMMY and easy! I just might make some tomorrow! xoxo

  2. Jennifer says:

    So making that this weekend !

  3. Kelly says:

    Awesome soup! Made it last night. My house smelled so good. Both my husband and 2 year old daughter liked it. Just the perfect amount of spices!

    • Melissa says:

      Kelly, I’m so glad to hear that you all liked it! :) And, thanks so much for taking the time to comment and let us know! :)

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