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Hearty Lentil Soup
serves 5–6

(see previous page for a lighter version)

2 cups dry lentils
1 Tbsp. oil or water
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 cups carrots, sliced
1 eggplant, diced (optional)
1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp. tamari
2 cups water
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dill weed
3/4 cup lentils, cooked
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 Tbsp. tamari
1 Tbsp. vegetable bouillon
1/4 cup of the cooked carrots (see below)
1/4 tsp. cumin powder
1 tsp. herb salt such as Herbamare
1 cup zucchini, diced

1. Cook the lentils in a separate pot (see Cooking Guide for Beans).
2. In a soup pot, sauté the onion and garlic in oil or water, then add celery and carrots. Allow the carrots to soften then add the eggplant. Add the yeast and tamari with a little water, and cover. Cook until carrots are completely soft.
3. In a blender, blend half of the remaining ingredients except the zucchini and herb salt. Pour into the soup pot. Repeat the blender process another time.
4. Add 2–4 cups of additional water, then add the zucchini.
5. Add 2–4 cups, or the desired amount of the remaining whole cooked lentils to the pot. Add herb salt to taste. Simmer until the zucchini is soft.

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7:43AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

typo> Love the creamy soup recipes.

7:34AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Great ideas. Soothing on the digestion too. Love there creamy Soups.

6:10PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

3:02AM PST on Mar 1, 2011

The creamy potato soup sounds delicious ! I will definitely try it !

12:56PM PST on Feb 10, 2011

Great article with a lot of yummy looking recipes, thank you very much for sharing!

6:08PM PST on Jan 19, 2011

Thanks.

1:01PM PST on Dec 23, 2010

The basic foundation seems a very good idea, I'll try it this week. Some ingredients are not available in my country (Belgium) but I'll use my creativity to find similar vegetables.

2:47PM PST on Nov 23, 2010

Very nice! Can't wait to try the light lentil soup!

6:39PM PDT on Nov 5, 2010

Ina Mohan wrote;
"In India they have his fabulous hot spicy soup called "rasam". It can be eaten as appetizer, main dish with rice, side dish, and as flu remedy, as no virus survives this tasty combination of healthy spices and herbs in rasam very long. Here is the recipe:
http://www.belsandia.com/indian-spicy-rasam-soup-with-tomatoes-and-tamarind.html"


Ooh this recipe sounds yummy! Thanks! I had to do a search, but I found a simple recipe for the rasam powder called for so it is readily doable;

3/4 cup coriander seeds (dhania)
1/2 cup cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 cup red gram lentils (tuar dal)
1/4 cup peppercorns
6 red chillies

1:31AM PDT on Nov 3, 2010

Thanks!

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