winter calls for warmth, and what better way to embrace the season than with a steaming bowl of soul-satisfying lentil wellness soup?
this comforting dish brings together a ton of flavors, nourishment and so many delicious textures!
the combination of lentils, chickpeas, and an array of spices like curry powder, cumin, paprika, and turmeric creates a rich and aromatic broth.
the sautéed onion, garlic, and ginger add depth, making each spoonful a journey through layers of taste.
fresh lemon juice and ginger really makes this soup special, it’s a combination that’s unmatched in my opinion!
textures textures textures:
the lentils and chickpeas provide a hearty base, while the carrots add a subtle crunch.
the lacinato kale introduces a leafy texture, that just ever-so retains it’s crisp!
this wellness soup isn’t just a treat for your taste buds; it’s a nutrient powerhouse.
lentils and chickpeas deliver a protein punch, while carrots contribute vitamins and antioxidants.
the addition of kale enhances the soup with essential minerals and fiber, promoting overall well-being.
cooking process simplicity: the ease of preparation makes this soup a go-to for busy days. a simple sauté, a generous mix of ingredients, and a simmer bring together a flavorful concoction that’s as effortless as it is delicious.
brands that i use:
when it comes to dairy free labneh, my personal favorite is coco june, which is actually the only vegan one i have found to date!
if coco june labneh isn’t available at your store, opt for cocojune regular coconut yogurt or culina – both bring a rich and tangy note to the soup.
if you cannot find either of those brands, search for a coconut yogurt brand that is very creamy and tangy!
for the umami seasoning, i typically reach for trader joe’s, but recognizing that accessibility may vary, consider alternatives like bragg’s liquid aminos or a dash of soy sauce for that savory depth.
add a dash of liquid aminos or soy sauce and adjust it to your taste preferences!
a taste that matures:
like a fine wine, this lentil wellness soup gets better with time.
allow it to rest overnight, and the flavors meld, creating a more profound and satisfying taste the next day. it’s the perfect make-ahead meal for a busy week.
if you want to make yours more “soupy” as leftovers, just add some vegetable broth while heating it up!
substitutions for personalization:
experiment with substitutes to cater to your preferences because that’s where the fun it.
opt for almond milk or coconut if cashew isn’t your choice, or swap dairy free labneh for coconut yogurt if you’re unable to find any!
play with the spice levels or choose green lentils for a different texture.
toppings to elevate:
customize your bowl with toppings that complement the richness of the soup.
a sprinkle of nutritional yeast adds a cheesy touch, and a dash of lemon zest brightens the flavors.
try avocado slices, a dollop of yogurt, or even a handful of crunchy croutons for added texture.
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Soul-Satisfying Lentil Wellness SoupCourse: Main Dishes, Soups and Stews
few tablespoons of avocado oil
1 small to medium-sized onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup lentils, rinsed and drained (used brown lentils)
15 ounces chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 cups sliced carrots
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon umami seasoning
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 cups cashew milk or any dairy-free plain unsweetened milk alternative
4 and 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 tablespoon ginger juice or grated ginger
juice of one lemon
1/2 cup labneh or thick coconut yogurt
1 bunch chopped lacinato kale
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon lemon zest
- in a large pot, heat a few tablespoons of avocado oil over medium heat. add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot. sauté for a few minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
- stir in the rinsed and drained lentils, chickpeas, sliced carrots, curry powder, cumin, umami seasoning, paprika, and turmeric. sauté for a few more minutes on medium heat.
- pour in the cashew milk (or your preferred dairy-free alternative) and vegetable broth. add the ginger juice or grated ginger, and squeeze in the juice of one lemon.
- turn up the heat to bring the mixture to a boil. once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-high and let it cook for approximately 25 minutes, or until the lentils and vegetables are tender.
- add the labneh or thick coconut yogurt and the chopped lacinato kale to the pot. cook for an additional 10 minutes until the kale is tender.
- stir in the nutritional yeast and lemon zest. serve your “soul-satisfying lentil wellness soup” warm, and feel free to add your favorite toppings for an extra touch of flavor.