Mmmmm. Soup in the wintertime… a match made in heaven if you ask me.
It’s really getting cold around here, and it’s easy to fall into the rut of eating heavy, rich foods that may satisfy your craving for some warmth and comfort. The problem with a lot of these foods is that they will often leave you comatose on the couch, watching another 8-hour Say Yes to the Dress marathon.
Which got me thinking… is it possible to create a meal that is both filling, warming and delicious, that doesn’t make you want to curl into the fetal position and never put on a pair of skinny jeans again?
What if I told you that it IS possible, and that this hearty meal is also gluten-free, completely vegetarian, and even… woah… vegan??
It’s no secret lentils are my new obsession. I’ve made several different lentil dishes during my cleanse, including this lentil salad I posted about earlier, along with seriously bomb.com red curry lentils from Pinch of Yum. There is something so yummy about this little legume that I am totally down with, plus they are so good for you and low in fat.
This soup combines a ton of healthy ingredients in one delicious package. I got this recipe from the back of the Standard Process Cleanse handbook, and I will definitely be making it again!
- 1 onion, chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups dry lentils
- 8 cups water
- ½ cup spinach, rinsed and thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender.
- Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in lentils, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hour.
- When ready to serve, stir in spinach, and cook until it wilts.
- Stir in vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper, and more vinegar if desired.
This recipe can be easily halved, or you can store the leftovers in the fridge or freezer.