Fresh garden vegetables meet lentils for a hearty and delicious vegetarian soup. This easy, healthy and delicious soup makes for a perfect lunch or dinner year round!
Garden fresh vegetables pair with lentils for a hearty soup that satisfies you. The combination is full of nutrients and has a meaty feel despite being vegetarian. It is a great way to fill up healthily!
I have been making it a personal challenge to use up every last bit of produce I can get my hands on this summer without getting in a rut. Between our own garden, produce gifts from family and our CSA share that has been quite the project!
It has been fun though. Side dishes are usually my least creative part of the meal and this has definitely breathed new life into them.
I admit, I am usually a fall and winter soup person. I don’t think of them often during the summer.
We were having a little last night in town dinner for my sister and I wanted to have something healthy on the menu. It seemed a soup would be a great way to showcase a lot of great produce that I had.
Not to mention the bag of lentils I had in the pantry. I love how quickly lentils cook and they are a perfect way to add bulk to soup. So a lentil and vegetable soup was born.
I was sure my brothers wouldn’t be enthused, but my mom would be and I was happy to have the leftovers for lunch the next few days.
I knew the lentils would help to thicken the soup and give it some body. Even I was surprised how meaty the whole thing turned out though, despite being vegetarian.
I was sad to see the last bowl go. So next time you are looking for a way to switch up your vegetable routine, I highly recommend this soup!
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