Lentil Veggie Soup (vegan)
Lately, I have been all into plant based food, all types of cooked veggies, soups and desserts!
To clarify, I'm not vegan or vegetarian (I don't like the labels) what I'm doing is listening to my body; it wants and needs, some people might know them as cravings.
As life changes so does your body, in consequence so does what it needs.
You might find yourself one day craving more of red meat, that means your body might be in need of iron, now if you don't want red meat, you can always supplement it with super foods like, hemp seeds, chia seeds, beans and lentils.
The whole idea is to listen to your body, and provide the best quality food of what it needs, not listening to our body creates an unbalanced body.
An unbalanced body can suffer from: unbalanced hormones, anxiety, depression, allergies, immune disorder. We definitely not want that.
And because I'm always trying to LISTEN more and better, that goes into all areas of my life. You guys asked for this recipe and I listened! (you see how I'm getting better at listening??)
Now if you want to add bacon bits to this recipe or shredded chicken go for it! You do what works for you.
(For food with flavor here are two KEY ingredients: garlic and onion. You always want to start by sautéing them in low heat, careful burned garlic tastes bitter and can affect the taste of your dish )
(to this soup I added celery, carrots and spinach for my veggies but you can add any other veggies you want or might have available, such as: sweet potato, mushrooms, kale, arugula)
( Fresh herbs are always better than dried herbs, they have more nutrients and flavor, having a small pot of your favorite herbs in your kitchen it's always a good idea and saves you a lot of money!)
Lentil Veggie Soup
1/4 cup olive oil
1 finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons diced garlic
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
2 chopped celery sticks
2 cups baby spinach
3 tablespoon chopped basil
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
2 cups dry lentils
8 cups vegetable broth (chicken broth)
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1. In a large stock pot, heat olive oil over low-medium heat. Add onion sauté 2 minutes, then add garlic and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.
2. Add celery and carrots and sauté for an additional 3 minutes over medium-high heat.
Add lentils, broth, basil, sea salt, pepper and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour.
3. Once lentils are tender, add spinach let it simmer for another 3 minutes and serve!
YES as always this recipe is simple. easy . delicious!
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Lots of love,