Soup

Basmati Rice & Lentil Soup

High in protein, this soup makes for a great winter recovery meal after a cold day of training. This recipe is easy to make and takes only 20 minutes of preparation with a further 40 minutes of idle cooking time. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3-4 Carrots, Diced

  • 3 Celery Stalks, Diced

  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves, Finely Minced

  • 1 Large Sweet Onion, Diced

  • 3-4 Tomatoes, Diced or 14.5 oz. Canned Diced Tomatoes

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

  • 1 Cup Basmati Rice

  • 1 Cup Dried Lentils

  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme

  • Salt (to taste)

  • Pepper (to taste)

  • 2 Quarts Organic Vegetable Broth

  • 1 Tablespoon Tamari (Soy Sauce)

  • Optional 1 Lemon (Juice Only)

PREPARATIONS:

  1. In a larger pot, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, with a pinch of salt, and heat on medium/high. When the oil begins to simmer and is hot, add the onion, garlic & another pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes.

  2. Add the carrots, celery, another pinch of salt & pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

  3. Increase heat to High and immediately add all the vegetable broth, basmati rice, lentils, tomatoes, thyme & tamari.

  4. Bring all the ingredients to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 35-40 minutes, or until lentils and rice are tender & cooked.

  5. If desired, add the juice from the lemon. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve in warmed bowls with your favorite fresh bread as a side, optional and not included in the nutrition label below. (Note: serves 4).

  6. Enjoy

Peanut Butter Carrot Soup

Soups, especially in these cold months, are one of our favorites.  Try this 30-minute soup that's vegan, gluten free, creamy, sweet and spicy - warming and exotic at the same time. It also freezes well for quick and easy dinner/lunch later on. Adding peanut butter to soup may sound a bit strange to some, but after trying this recipe, you will be happy that you did!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, diced

  • 1 pound carrots, scrubbed (or peeled) and chopped (~4 cups)

  • Salt and Pepper

  • 4 cups Veggie Stock (+ 1 cup water to thin if necessary)

  • 1/3 cup creamy or crunchy salted natural peanut butter (use less for a less intense PB flavor) or almond butter

  • Chili garlic sauce: 2 Tbs Sriracha sauce, 1 Tbs seasoned rice vinegar, 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced, 1 Tbs sesame oil, 1 Tbs honey, 1 White wine vinegar - mix all together

  • Toppings: Fresh basil, cilantro, or mint, Sriracha hot sauce

Preparation:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat.

  2. Dice onion and garlic. Add to pot with 1 Tbsp coconut or olive oil (or nonstick spray). Add carrots and cook for 5 minutes.

  3. Season with a healthy pinch each salt and pepper, then add veggie stock and 2 cups of water and stir.

  4. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until veggies are tender (test by cutting a larger piece of carrot in half – it should cut with ease).

  5. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

  6. Add peanut butter and chili garlic sauce to the blender and blend to combine.

  7. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. For a touch of added sweetness, add a Tbsp or so of brown sugar, maple syrup or agave nectar (or honey if not vegan). Add more chili garlic sauce for more heat.

  8. Serve immediately with fresh basil or herbs of choice. Serve with sriracha for extra heat. (Note: Serves 4)