Friday, March 2, 2018

Warming chunky split pea and lentil soup

Because even if the calendar says that it's Spring, the weather says that Winter needs more time here. And we need foods that are warming, and cozy.
Who says that global warming is a myth? We can feel it every day... Winter without snow, a Spring that starts later than usual and snow in April... And that's just a small part of what's happening. But we can change things (slowly, I agree). Go vegan today and save animals, yourself and the planet!
Yes, I care about these things and that's why I became vegan almost a year ago. And now I want to share what I know and what I create.
Like this soup. It's hearty, chunky (or you can make it creamy by blending it), easy to make and quite cheap.
Also, it's perfect for meal prep, so you have something tasty and satiating at work or when you come home :)

Ingredients (6 servings):
** 200 g (1 cup) red lentils
** 210 g (1 cup) split peas
** 200 g (1 cup) onions, chopped
** 300 g (2.5 cups) carrots, chopped
** 175 g (1.3 cups) red peppers, chopped
** 200 g (1.5 cups) spinach (I use frozen – available all year!)
** 500 ml (2 cups) passata
** 2 l (8 cups) water OR half water and half veggie broth
** 2 tsp coriander, ground
** 2 tsp paprika
** 1.5 tsp dried basil
** 1 tsp dried sage
** 1.5 tsp garlic powder
** 0.5 tsp salt
** 1 tsp black pepper
** 1.5 tsp dried thyme

** 1 tsp chili powder  

Thaw the spinach and chop your veggies (smaller pieces would preferable).
In a pot saute the onions in some water or veggie broth (or some vegetable oil, if you prefer) until soft. Add the carrots and cook for about 4-5 minutes adding some more water if you need more.
Add the rest of the ingredients (minus the spinach). Add the rest of water or broth. If you want it thicker use 8 cups, and if you want it to be thinner use 10 cups of liquid.
Let everything cook for about 25-30 minutes. Add the passata. Cook for about 5-10 minutes. Add the spinach, stir and it's ready.
Serve with some fresh greens (basil, parsley or cilantro, I love arugula too), plant yogurt, maybe some seeds on top... Some toast or croutons would make a good addition too :)

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