Lentil Vegetable Soup

Lentil Vegetable Soup
(Serves 12-18) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

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Maybe I just don’t have it in me to make a small pot of soup or something. So I’ll just warn you now that this recipe makes an enormous amount of soup! Lol – feel free to cut it down or just go crazy and make the large pot like I did, it freezes great too. I typically go with the large pot of soup since it will last for several days – lunch and dinner. Not only is this vegan soup hearty with veggies it is wholesome too. Lentils are packed with nutrients and are high in protein and fiber – great for lowering cholesterol! I hope you try this great weeknight dinner, sample it with your favorite veggies. Enjoy!

Vegan Lentil Soup

  • Servings: 12-18
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Large Sweet Onion, chopped
2 Large Russet Potatoes, diced/cubed
4 Scallions, chopped
7 stalks Celery, chopped
5 Carrots, diced/cubed
1 Tbsp Salt
2 Tsp fresh ground Black Pepper
1 ½ to 2 Tsp Cumin
1 Tsp Chili Powder
2 Bay Leaves
1 (28oz can) Diced Tomatoes
4 Cups dry Lentils, picked/rinsed (I used Bob’s Red Mill – the entire 27oz pkg)
3 Quarts Vegetable Broth (about 12 cups)
3 Cups Water
3 Tbsp Tomato Paste (I used tomato/basil paste)
10oz fresh Green Beans, trimmed/cut (about 2 ½ cups)
4 stalks Kale, stems removed/chopped
1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

Directions:
-Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. You’ll need an extra-large pot! Add onions, potatoes, garlic and scallions then heat for 5 minutes. Then add carrots and celery continue to sauté for another 3 minutes.
-Next, add seasonings: salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and bay leaves. Stir to combine before adding tomatoes.
-Add your vegetable broth and water to the pot and heat to boil. While stock is boiling remember to pick through your lentils check for any rocks for example before rinsing.
-Add lentils, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 40 minutes.
-During the last 10 minutes of cooking add your green beans and kale. Enjoy!

Warning! – Ginormous pot of soup below!

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Ultimate Protein Bowl!

Ultimate Protein Bowl!
(Serves 8-10) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free ~ This recipe serves 8 but can be adjusted accordingly +/- your favorite veggies.

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This recipe is packed with protein and an innumerable amount of other nutrients, vitamins and macro minerals. This nourishing bowl was great warm the first day but also amazing the next day cold, like a salad. If you need a boost or are simply in the mood for something fresh, this bowl has it! I served this family style and we enjoyed this delicious meal two days in a row for dinner (I snuck a small bowl in for lunch too). Enjoy! 🙂

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Ingredients:
Roasted Beets
Sweet Potatoes
Broccoli
Edamame
Mushrooms
Tempeh
Quinoa
Chickpeas
Almonds
Dill

Immune Boosting
Protein
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Potassium
Fiber
Riboflavin
Calcium
Etc. Etc. So many countless essential vitamins and minerals

My Plate 🙂
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Ultimate Protein Bowl

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
3 Roasted Beets, roasted (Check out how I roast my beets here)
2 Sweet Potatoes (or 1lb), roasted
8oz Mushrooms, roasted
16oz Broccoli, steamed
16oz Shelled Edamame, steamed
8oz Pkg Tempeh
2 Cups dry Quinoa, prepared according to package (yields 8 servings)
1 (15.5oz can) Chickpeas, pan roasted
1 Cup Sliced Almonds, lightly toasted

Sriracha Peanut Sauce Ingredients:
1/3 Cup Peanut Butter
½ Cup Hot Water
½ Tbsp Sesame Oil
½ Tbsp Tamari/Soy Sauce
¼ Tsp Course Black Pepper
½ Tbsp Sriracha

Directions:
-Steam Broccoli and Edamame.
-Follow directions for Roasting Beets here.
-Toss Sweet Potatoes (cut into 1 ½ inch cubes) with 2 Tbsp Oil of choice + ½ Tbsp Agave Nectar + ½ Tsp Salt and ¼ Tsp Course Black Pepper. Mushrooms – cleaned and stems trimmed, toss with 1 Tbsp Oil of choice. Roast for 30-40 minutes – I tossed these into the oven during the last 40 minutes of my beets roasting.
-Prepare Quinoa according to package. (2 to 4 ratio) combine quinoa and water – bring to boil, lower heat, cover and allow quinoa to cook for about 20 minutes until quinoa spirals out.
-Tempeh: Heat about 2-3 Tbsp Oil in pan over medium heat. Cook tempeh for about 5-7 minutes until golden – add ¼ Tsp Salt & Pepper or to taste during cooking. During the last minute of sautéing I add 1 Tbsp Tamari/Soy Sauce + ½ Tbsp Agave Nectar – toss to combine.
-Remove tempeh from pan – to the same pan I add the chickpeas (I did not add any additional oil). Add ¾ Tsp Curry Powder + ¼ Cup Water – toss to combine for about 5 minutes to toast up chickpeas.
To a dry pan toast up Almonds lightly.

Directions for Sauce:
Blend ingredients together – I used my nutribullet or you can whisk ingredients together to combine.

Day 2 – Leftovers!
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Chili!! – Vegan Chili con Carne (Field Roast)

Chili!! – Vegan Chili con Carne (Field Roast)
(Serves 8-12) ~ Vegan, Dairy-Free (Gluten-Free option ~ See Notes)
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I suppose I’m feeling generous because there are some recipes “my coveted” recipes, as I call them, that I just would’ve never considered parting with before…but I think it’s about time. 🙂 The other day I shared my recipe for Corn Fritters and one of my fellow bloggers mentioned corn fritters with chili! Then I said…well I have a great chili recipe – so here you go!
Some quick notes about this recipe – Notes meaning variations… I‘ve made this recipe also using Boca Crumbles and/or Gardein Beefless Grounds. My original version was actually made without the corn even. For a Gluten Free version – omit Veggie Meat substitute and add Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) for a 5-Bean Chili! Also, this recipe [pictured above] was made with Field Roast burgers…I’m pretty obsessed with these burgers A-mazing! If you haven’t yet tried their burgers…do it fast. They grill well indoor/outdoor and are great even fried up in a pan. Hope you Enjoy this Chili!

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 (13oz Pkg) Field Roast Burgers
5 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Red Pepper, seeded/chopped
2 Jalapeño Peppers, seeded/chopped
1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
1 (15oz Can) Black Beans
1 (15.5oz Can) Pinto Beans
1 (16oz Can) Dark Red Kidney Beans
1 (16oz Can) Navy Beans
1 (28oz Can) Diced Tomatoes
3 Tbsp Cumin
¼ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Dry Sage
1/3 Cup Tamari Soy Sauce
1 (16oz Pkg) Frozen Corn

Directions:
-Drain and rinse beans and set aside.
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-Heat Olive oil over medium heat. Add Field Roast Burgers (or crumbles) and heat through until brown about 3-5 minutes.
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(I crush the burgers down with a wooden spatula until crumbled/broken down).

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Quick Note: If you’re not finished cutting your veggies or if you didn’t prep ahead like I often do – turn off heat until you’re ready for the next step.
-To Veggie Meat add: Garlic, Red Pepper, Jalapeños and Onions. Let the mixture cook through for about 3-5 minutes until veggies sweat.
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-Add: Beans, Diced Tomatoes (with liquid), Tamari and stir in with remaining seasonings. Keep stirring as you add your seasonings.
-Add Frozen Corn then cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, stir again turn off heat and let stand for another 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

I served over brown rice!
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Vegan Chili con Carne (Field Roast)

  • Servings: 8-12 ~ Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Option
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 (13oz Pkg) Field Roast Burgers
5 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Red Pepper, seeded/chopped
2 Jalapeño Peppers, seeded/chopped
1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
1 (15oz Can) Black Beans
1 (15.5oz Can) Pinto Beans
1 (16oz Can) Dark Red Kidney Beans
1 (16oz Can) Navy Beans
1 (28oz Can) Diced Tomatoes
3 Tbsp Cumin
¼ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Dry Sage
1/3 Cup Tamari Soy Sauce
1 (16oz Pkg) Frozen Corn

(GF Option: Swap Field Roast/Boca/Gardein Crumbles with Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) for a 5-Bean Chili)

Directions:
-Drain and rinse beans and set aside.
-Heat Olive oil over medium heat. Add Field Roast Burgers (or crumbles) and heat through until brown about 3-5 minutes. (I crush the burgers down with a wooden spatula until crumbled/broken down).
Quick Note: If you’re not finished cutting your veggies or if you didn’t prep ahead like I often do – turn off heat until you’re ready for the next step.
-To Veggie Meat add: Garlic, Red Pepper, Jalapeños and Onions. Let the mixture cook through for about 3-5 minutes until veggies sweat.
-Add: Beans, Diced Tomatoes (with liquid), Tamari and stir in with remaining seasonings. Keep stirring as you add your seasonings.
-Add Frozen Corn then cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, stir again turn off heat and let stand for another 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!
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