VEGAN SPICY VEGETABLE AND LENTIL SOUP | LIFESTYLE

While I am not currently a Vegan, if I can make a meal vegan I will and I am actively working on making more vegan choices available to myself. This soup is my first creation and it tastes amazing! I made a large batch and froze some for later on and think it is an amazing lunch or dinner as it is very filling.

Ingredients:

2 smal sweet potatoes

1/2 red pepper & 1/2 yellow pepper

5 small mushrooms

1 small onion

3 small carrots

4 tomatoes/ tin of tomatoes

Choice of lentils

Spices: garlic powder, tumeric, cumin, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano, coriander, cajun and also Slap Ya Mama.

 

Directions:

First I peeled the sweet potatoes and carrots, chopped up the bell peppers, mushrooms and onion. I popped it all into a large pot and covered the mixture in water.

I put the lentils in a separate pot and again, did not measure them but covered them in water and left them to cook away. About 15 minutes in I realised I had not added tomatoes so added them then, but add them whenever, just trying to be real here.

I left the soup for around 30-35 minutes, the important thing is to make sure all ingredients are soft as this helps the blending process. Once the ingredients were completely soft I removed the majority of the water and set aside.

I then took my hand blended and proceeded to blend all the vegetables until smooth, I added some of the water back to the mixture for some volume.

Next I added my spices, I never measure my spices, I have just learned to cook by taste and I usually know by looking how much of each spice I need, I always add a large amount of cumin when cooking with tomatoes, I just find it works. I also add some Slap Ya Mama cajun seasoning that my aunt’s friend brought me home from the States, use sparingly as it is quite spicy.

Once I have mixed all my spices I then add in my lentils and allow the mixture to simmer for a further 10 or so minutes. I ate it with a bagel that I topped with the Pure Sunflower Spread, vegan all round! It was so so tasty and I hope you try it soon, I find soup great for any meal and thicker it is, the better.

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Thanks for reading and let me know if you try out the recipe.

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