Delicious, Nutritious, and Budget-Friendly

I give you: Lentil Soup with Veggies.

The budget friendly, easy to prep and cook, versatile, year-round soup.

This recipe is from the Kitchn, and I’ve made some small adaptations to fit my onion-free lifestyle needs. I excluded the onion, yogurt topping, and lemon juice.

It’s easy to adapt this recipe to include whatever spices you are in the mood for. The next time I make this, I am going to try a curry spice spin. And in the future, I will also try a Southwest-inspired spice profile.

If you do the prep work for chopping veggies ahead of time, you can throw this soup together in 5 minutes and have a soul-warming soup on the table in less than 35 minutes. It’s the perfect homemade meal on a busy day.

I paired this soup with a rustic loaf I made in the Dutch oven (one of my first tries with bread making). Simple food and so nutritious.

We ate this soup for two weeks straight and didn’t get sick of it. I even froze some to pull out for those times when we need a quick meal and don’t have the time to make anything. I’m all about making extra soup for the freezer and I like to stock my freezer with easy, homemade meals that can defrost in 12 hours for those times we need lunches and haven’t planned accordingly.

The ingredients I use for this soup are pictured below. All of this can be purchased at a Natural Foods store. I go to PCC in Seattle, WA.

The recipe I use:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp garlic (I often use the already chopped garlic for ease of weeknight meals)

3 large carrots, diced

3 large ribs of celery, diced

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 cup red lentils

4 cups veggie broth (I use beef broth sometimes for a different flavor)

1 whole bay leaf

1 TBSP Italian spices (or whatever spices you are in the mood for)

I use a Dutch oven but you can also use a medium sauce pan. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, carrots, celery pepper, and salt. Stir then cover and sweat the veggies for 4-7 minutes.

Add lentils, broth, bay leaf, and spices. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer covered for about 20 minutes.

Pair with a homemade rustic loaf, or your favorite kind of bread. Add fancy oils or toppings, whatever you have on hand or are in the mood for.

Cheers to budget-friendly recipes and happy eating!

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