Spicy Red Lentil & Tomato Soup
Spicy Red Lentil & Tomato Soup – A quick fix for those chilly evenings. Perfect for your lunchbox too!
Full of warming spices with a hint of chilli, this is a thick and filling tomato-based soup full of good for you ingredients, ready almost as fast as heating up soup from a tin!
We’re in the last week of March already and the clocks have gone forward for Spring, which means that April 1st is almost upon us.
What do you guys get up to on April Fool’s Day? I love looking at the April Fool’s pranks people play on each other every year, and I am awed at the lengths people go to for the perfect prank!
Unfortunately, I am nowhere near that good. 😀
I get the feeling that this is going to be my year for getting pranked, as the boys are older – not easily fooled and much too mischievious! LOL
Now, I haven’t got one planned yet for this year, so if anyone can suggest a good (and easy) prank please let me know in the comments below, or on my Facebook page 😀
Still Soup Weather
We only have a few more weeks until Easter, but there is still a stubborn chill in the air, especially in the evenings.
So happily, there is still time to eat Soup! – not that the weather ever stops me, I’ve been known to make a large pot of soup even in high summer 😀 much to the horror of everyone else!
We are still enjoying lots of Vegan / Lenten meals, and this spicy red lentil & tomato soup is one of my very favourite Vegan recipes. So easy to make, and I almost always have all the ingredients to hand.
I first found this recipe on a favourite Slimming World blog years ago, and it has now become my perfect store-cupboard soup. Go to Vicki Kitchen where she has lots of original & delicious, easy to make recipes with lots of helpful Slimming World hints.
I normally halve her recipe and use some extra turmeric and lots of spices, otherwise I just follow the original as it is awesome!
You can also try adding in some extra vegetables like courgette, spinach or cauliflower.
Spicy Red Lentil & Tomato Soup
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Full of warming spices with a hint of chilli, a thick and filling tomato based soup full of good for you ingredients, ready almost as fast as heating up soup from a tin!
- 210g /1 US cup (1 British mug) uncooked dry Red Lentils
- 1 tin /14 oz can chopped tomatoes
- 1 large onion, chopped finely
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 - 2 tsp mild chilli powder,
- Hint: the chilli kick increases as the soup thickens, so start light 😀
- 1 heaped tsp ground cumin
- 1 heaped tsp ground coriander
- 1 level tsp ground ginger
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 1 litre of vegetable stock
- S&P to taste
- Olive Oil spray
- Spray a large saucepan or soup pot with olive oil spray and add the onions with a small pinch of salt. Cook until soft, cover with a lid to help them soften faster.
- Add the turmeric and then the other spices, and just toast them in the pan for a couple of minutes - add a squeeze of lemon juice if the spices get too dry. You can also use Garam Masala or Curry Powder instead of the spices, in a pinch.
- Add the tomato puree and the garlic and fry for another minute or so then add the lentils, tinned tomatoes and the stock and stir well.
- Bring to the boil then simmer until the lentils are cooked, and the soup has thickened.
- Add salt & pepper to taste.
Eat with a swirl of cooling yoghurt, if you like!
For extra veggies you can also try adding some cauliflower (I used some I had baked earlier) or some frozen or fresh spinach like in the photos above.
This is delicious reheated the next day, if you have any leftovers 😀
Bags of lentils are cheap to buy, and easily stored, as are tinned tomatoes & tomato puree.
Any spices you need to buy last for ages and this combination of ‘chilli, turmeric, cumin, ginger and coriander’ are used over and over in so many ‘Indian’ inspired recipes. So they are well worth buying, even if it does seem like a lot to buy all at once.
By using one tin of tomatoes per pot of soup, imagine how many times you will be able to make this recipe without buying lots of extra ingredients.
Perfect and easy one pot meal for students, easily doubled and it also freezes well!
We will be enjoying a few more Vegan soup recipes this week I think, and I love it!
Happy April Fool’s everyone, I would love to hear about any pranks & tricks you manage to pull off or fall victim too. Enjoy!
All my meal ideas include at least one third of salad/vegetables and/or fruit with it, (this is the way we at Slimming World eat less without going hungry).
N.B. Any item with a * is a Healthy Extra on the Slimming World plan, so these must be weighed or measured and not exceeded, if you want to maximise your weight loss. Eating at least one third of vegetables (superfree food) at each and every meal is also key to this plan.
Please note that I am in no way affiliated to Slimming World, nor am I a Slimming World consultant, and still believe that the best way to follow this plan is to join either online or better still with a group near you.