February 9, 2014

Vegan, Gluten-Free:: Coconut Lentil Soup

Happy Sunday everybody!
What's the best thing to eat on a cold, wintry Sunday?


Using a mason jar as a thermos? Whoever came up with this idea
is a brilliant GENIUS. 

I've never eaten lentils before a few weeks ago, 
and I used to be kind of intimidated by them--- I mean, 
they looked like a combo between split peas and 
bird food! But all jokes aside, lentils are very nutritious:
they're full of fiber, protein, and they lower cholesterol!

This soup is really delicious and it tastes really rich and thick
like a stew, but it's vegan and gluten-free so it's healthy ;)
You can pour this over some rice like a curry
or eat it with some rice crackers like a regular soup!

Recipe: Coconut Lentil Soup
                                                                   By: Hannah Claudia                  
2 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of chopped ginger
1/2-3/4 cup of seafood mushrooms, chopped
1 cup of dry lentils, soaked overnight
1 cup of coconut milk
 (I used one by So Delicious, it's notreal coconut milk but it 
also doesn't have the same fat content as real coconut milk)
1 tablespoon of Chinese 5 spice
1 tablespoon of curry powder
1 tablespoon of lemon or lime juice
3-4 cups of water (depends on how thick you like your soup)

opt: if you have lemon grass or soysauce or sesame oil, feel free to garnish with
these flavorings when you eat it or even mix it into the soup while it's cooking!


1. Sautee the onions and garlic in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil 
until the onions are caramelized and golden.
2. Add the spices, ginger, lemon/lime juice, and seafood mushrooms and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
3. Stir in the lentils and the other tablespoon of coconut oil; coat the lentils in the 
coconut oil and spices for a minute to toast the lentils.
4. Add the coconut milk and water. Cook over medium-low for another 35-40 minutes
or just until the lentils are cooked and the soup reaches your desired thickness/viscosity.
5. Serve and enjoy! :)

i rarely eat rice, but this pairing was meant to be

This is a perfect lunch recipe

I hope you enjoy this recipe!
xoxo, Hannah

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