Brrrrr. It’s bone-chilling cold outside. I don’t know about you, but in my neck of the woods, that signals soup time! Who doesn’t love a big bowl of warm, filling soup to stave off chilly weather. Soup is winter’s adaptation of healing, comfort food. It’s easy to make, budget-friendly, and the perfect antidote for the cold-virus. Click the titles below to discover these freezable, soup-er, plant-based, EP4L recipes…
Next, try EP4L’s Coconut Curry Lentil Soup & Garlicky Croutons. It’s an immune-boosting Vegan recipe that will breath life into an ordinary lentil.
Lentils, the undervalued legume, are nutritionally perfect. High in B vitamins, iron, cholesterol-lowering fiber, and protein, heart-healthy lentils are easily digestible, simple to make, and are notorious for absorbing the flavors of added spices and herbs.
The magical super-spice in this Coconut Curry Lentil Soup & Garlicky Croutons recipe is curry. Traditionally used in Indian cuisine for centuries, in its basic form curry powder is the combination of turmeric, coriander, and cumin. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cayenne pepper, and mustard seed can be found in some curry blends. These spices carry their own weight in the form of health benefits, but turmeric, the superstar and prized spice in Asian cuisine for thousands of years, has mega-health benefits that make curry a no-brainer addition to your diet. Here are just a few of those benefits:
- eases inflammation
- improves immune health
- aids in the release of toxins from your liver
- aids in digestion
- reduces cholesterol
- has antioxidant (cancer-fighting) properties
- blood sugar control (beneficial for Diabetics)
Celebrate National Soup Month (January), National Bean & Soup Day (January 6), and National Homemade Soup Day (February 4) by whipping up a stock pot of EP4L’s Coconut Curry Lentil Soup & Garlicky Croutons. It’s savory, hearty, fragrant, and has 8 grams of fiber per serving and 0 mg of cholesterol. If you need a protein boost, one serving packs 20 grams of plant-based protein. I added turmeric because it has anti-inflammatory properties and medicinal fresh thyme for even more immune-fighting benefits.
Serve topped with EP4L’s homemade, Vegan Garlicky Croutons to add texture, crunch and even more flavor to this recipe!