Since Hurricane Joaquin wanted to terrorize the eastern coast of the U.S. there has been nothing but rain here in Georgia. So as a result I have gotten sick. Whenever I’m sick I just want to lay in bed and watch Netflix. I lose all motivation to do anything and it’s honestly disgusting. So I decided to make soup! I was looking up different soup recipes and came across one that has potatoes, lentils and carrots (which I love) and we had all the ingredients in the house so it was perfect.
I am the only vegetarian in this household so of course the meat eaters were expecting something for themselves other than just vegetable soup, so they grilled some sausage.
But I’ll tell you how this vegetarian soup went!
- 1/2 onion (chopped)
- 3 carrots (chopped as well)
- 1 tablespoon of garlic (minced)
- 4 potatoes
- 16 0z of lentils
- 1 can of red kidney beans
- 6 cups of water or vegetable stock (I didn’t have stock so I settled for water)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
The original recipe I found online also called for 1 teaspoon of dried oregano and dried coriander and it did not call for red kidney beans! But if you get anything from this post I want it to be that you don’t have to follow recipes you have to follow instinct and yourself. Given, I only didn’t put those two items because I didn’t have them but you have to make due with what you have!
Before I actually started the soup I got the lentils, cleaned them and made sure there wasn’t any unwanted foreign objects. Then in a bowl, I soaked the lentils in water to softened them.
After an hour of letting the lentils soak I started to work of the soup! (finally) I got a pot and heated up my teaspoon of oil, added the garlic, potatoes and carrots to it. Once the onions were soft (make sure you stir often so you don’t burn the onions) I added 6 cups of water (or your vegetable stock) and then the lentils (after they were drained), bay leaves, potatoes, and cayenne pepper. I brought it to a boil, then reduced the heat and let it simmer.
- It’s important that while you’re cooking you’re constantly tasting your food. Everyone relies on the cook to make sure the food is seasoned well! So taste your soup and add salt and pepper accordingly.
Once my soup was almost done I added the red kidney beans. Since the beans came from the can they’re easier to work+cook which is why I added them at the last minute.
Once the soup was finally done I mixed in the vinegar, surprisingly the vinegar really transformed the soup.
Also while the soup was cooking I made a pot of rice. I have become accustomed to eating soup with rice and I’m not sure if others are or not but I love it!
In my bowl I placed spoonfuls of rice and covered it with my soup and garnished it with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and a slice of avocado.
The soup was hearty and warming. It didn’t take my annoying cold away but it was nice nonetheless. Not the best soup I’ve ever had BUT the point is to try.
Side-note: Meat eaters are constantly crying about protein and why vegetarians don’t get enough of it and how not eating meat is horrible. Not to be rude but it’s extremely annoying. I KNOW meat provides protein, I get it. Protein is not the reason I stopped eating meat. I’m not pushing vegetarianism, I really couldn’t care less if people ate meat or not. I firmly believe that is a decision you take on to benefit your body. With that said lentils are a great source of protein for vegetarians seeking protein, 1 cup of lentils provides 18grams of protein. Some say that the average woman needs about 46 grams of protein a day. Eating nuts and legumes is a great way to get all your protein and nutrients. I’ll explain my vegetarianism in detail in a later post.
With that I will leave you guys to have a great Thursday, if you guys have any comments let me know!
-Love Nicole ❤