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Lentil Soup. Comfort food to help restore our energy.

We’ve been battling a stomach bug for the last week.  I had a migraine this morning (I suffer the Classic form or Migraine with aura) so I’ve been low energy all day and I’ve had a chill that I just can’t shake.  The kids are still home from school and I wanted something quick and hearty to make for lunch.  I wanted to put it on the stove and walk away.

I decided on lentil soup and beer bread.  I have a beer bread “system” so that I can make it quickly.  When I have a few minutes to spare I combine all the dry ingredients for beer bread in large zipper bags (I keep the bags and re-use them).  I usually make three dry mixes at a time.  Then, when I want to make a loaf, I just add the near beer and I have a loaf in the oven lickety-split.

I went searching for a lentil soup recipe on the internet.  I didn’t find anything that was quite right; some had yogurt, some had meat, others had ingredients that I didn’t have.  I ended up using a combination of a couple of recipes with a few of my own additions.  This is what I came up with.

Vegan Lentil Souplentil-soup-and-beer-bread

In a large pot, heat up:

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Add to the pot:

  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 carrot peeled and sliced

Sautee until the onion is clear.  Add:

  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn (optional)
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer.  Cover and cook until the lentils are soft, about 45 minutes.  Remove bay leaves.  Add:

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Makes about 4 servings.

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3 thoughts on “Lentil Soup. Comfort food to help restore our energy.

  1. BarbaraH

    Guess what I’m making?! A few modifications based on what I have on hand. Adding some chicken and potatoes and chicken stock instead of vegetables and voila! Now to pop my premade beer bread mix into the oven! Thanks Sweet Amanda.

  2. familynature

    Thanks Barb!

    You could also add some canned tomatos (or better yet, fresh ones)

    Amanda

  3. amyquarry

    BOO stomach bugs and migraines. I get them too and seriously want to die every time I see the aura. Hope you feel better soon….maybe it will help that you won my giveaway! Just let me know what your choices are and I will send it on its way!