carrot & lentil soup…

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I would like the preface this blog post with this disclaimer. I really want to tell the long version of this story, most of which is completely pointless information, but I will give you the short version. This is a problem with the majority of my stories, just ask every single person I know. Anyway, here we go. Recently, my boss changed the work hours on us and I’ve had to make some changes to my workout schedule. Instead of my usual rotation of Soul Cycle and Burn classes after work, I’ve only had time to fit in Soul Cycle during my lunch break (since it’s only a couple blocks away). But, go figure, I love it! Working out in the middle of the day is such a good way to get up from my desk/computer and recharge. However, it also means I sacrifice my lunch hour and I’ve had to start planning my meals ahead of time so I am not spending insane amounts of money on delivery (or calories!). Enter: Carrot & Lentil Soup.

Sunday night, I made a big batch and divided it up into small tupperware containers for a grab-and-go lunch all week. Usually, I am not the leftovers type, but this soup is so insanely good, I actually looked forward to eating it everyday! There are only a few ingredients which makes it healthy and easy to make and the lentils ensure that you get a nice filling lunch. As I’m writing this post, I’m starting to think I should make “leftover lunches” a new series! Thoughts? I have so many ideas (Channa Masala is up next), that if it’s helpful, I will continue to share. Just let me know in the comments below!

Carrot & Lentil Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can full fat coconut milk
  2. 3 cups water or vegetable broth
  3. 4 large carrots or 8 thin ones, peeled and chopped into big pieces
  4. 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  6. 1 tablespoon curry powder
  7. 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  8. 1 can lentils, drained and rinsed
  9. Salt and pepper to taste.
Instructions
  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, add the coconut milk and water. Bring to a slight boil.
  2. Add carrots, garlic, ginger, curry powder and turmeric powder.
  3. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Cook until carrots are tender, about 20 minutes.
  5. Add contents of the pot to a high powered blender and pureรฉ (be careful when blending hot liquid. Use a dish towel on the top to let steam out)
  6. Add pureed soup back to the pot and then add the lentils. Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
  7. Divide soup into small tupperware containers, about 2 cups in each.
  8. When you're ready, heat up in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you need a little something more, add two cans of lentils for a heartier soup.
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  • PLAYING WITH APPAREL

    Oh this just looks so yummy, I literally licked my lips looking at these pictures. I am feeling sick with a cold right now and this would hit the recovery spot perfectly.

    Filipa xxx

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    • Oh no, feel better soon, Filipa!! This soup would be perfect for you since it has garlic and ginger in it which are natural immunity boosters! xo

  • Jenessa Sheffield

    yum!
    XO JNESS
    jenessasheffield

  • Carla

    This is the perfect recipe for these rainy days. I think a mid-day workout sounds perfect for you! It gives you the renewed energy for the rest of the day, then you can go home and chill without guilt…

    • Exactly!! It’s been great and the class I take is never full, so I get access to the showers, etc. It’s a win! Also, yes, make this soup. It’s soooo good! You’ll love it!

  • That is great that you get to workout on your lunch break! I would love to be able to do something like that, I bet it improves your entire day.

    I recently made a batch of crockpot chicken tikka masala and it made way more than I was expecting so I had it for leftovers for days…but like you, it was so yummy that I looked forward to it! It seemed like the flavors enhanced each other more as the days passed. This sounds like a fantastic one to try!

    Happy new year!
    Tristan | Gold Lion Style

    • It’s been a surprising benefit to the hours change. Tikka Masala would be another great recipe! I feel like foods with bold flavors and simple ingredients, like Indian food, needs time anyway for the flavors to develop. I’m making the Channa Masala tonight for the next few days and I can’t wait!

  • WhatWouldVWear

    The soup looks amazing! Such a great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Happy Wednesday, love!

    xoxo, Vanessa

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    • You’re welcome, Vanessa! Definitely worth a try! xo

  • Kathy

    This soup sounds and looks amazing! I love a great soup during these colder months. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I will definitely give it a try. Also how nice to be able to workout mid day.

    Kathy
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    • It is so good! Would be great for a hearty dinner, maybe with a crusty piece of bread to scoop up the last bites. Thanks, Kathy! xo

  • This sounds absolutely delicious! I love heartier healthy soups to keep you warm this time of year!

    Xoxo Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

    • Agreed!! And love your name, by the way ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo

  • Looks delicious! I love soups!

    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

    • Me too! And so perfect for staying on track with my NY resolutions xo

  • This soup looks perfect for a hearty and healthy meal, thanks for sharing!

    Prudence
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    • No problem, definitely worth giving a try! xo

  • Trang Do

    Looks so yummy! Love it!!
    Hugs,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Thanks, Trang! It’s sooo good!

  • rae

    Mmmm! This recipe sounds amazing and what lovely photos! I am all about soup in the colder winter months!

    Rae | Love from Berlin