red lentil carrot coconut soup

Soups (say that 10 times fast without sounding like you’re trying to get someone’s attention in church – as in pssssssst!) must find a way to sneak to the front of the line. It’s not just for lunch, in a little bowl, whose sole purpose is to validate the sandwich. Soup can stand alone, it’s time for soup to step out of the shadow of a big bun, show up a little later in the day and be renamed dinner –  yes, I said it – soup’s on, soup is sooo on!

red lentil carrot coconut soup

Just like vegetable chowder with herbs  or lemon summer squash soup can become the main attraction, so can any soup, especially with lentils – especially the red ones, that go weak in the knees, and bring the creamy, dreamy to the party without a vat of fat. And if you’re a diligent label reader, coconut milk can be as innocent as missing your first make-out moment or it can be a heart attack in a can. So with that in mind, read the label and lose your fear of all things coconut, especially the milk – you’ll soon discover it’s another must-have pantry item that brings that certain something to the table. Now, dig out your a slow cooker and start putting this one together – I’ve made it more times than I can say – probably dozens, and have taken my own creative advice  on many occasions. Do it for breakfast (yeah, breakfast), do it for lunch, do it for dinner – do it as is, do it stripped down, do it souped up (I couldn’t resist) – my point? Just do it – and then do it again!

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red lentil carrot coconut soup

1. Grab your red lentils.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

2. Gather the rest of the players.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

3. Start with the onions.

chop onion

4. Get chopping.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

5. Prep the carrots – peel & slice.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

6. Oil goes down. My slow cooker has a browning feature so I can sauté directly in the one pot. You will prep this in a pot/pan on the stove and then transfer the works to your slow cooker.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

7. Onions go in.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

8. This is what sizzling looks like.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

9. Add the flavourings – garlic, turmeric, cumin seeds & salt.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

10. Stir it all around to toast ’em up.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

11. Add the can of diced tomatoes.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

12. And work it in.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

13. The red lentils & sliced carrots are next.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

14. Stir in the vegetable broth.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

15. Add the lemon juice.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

16. After a good stir, that’s it. Put on the lid and forget it.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

17. For 4, 5, 6 hours.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

18. Some 4, 5, 6 hours later.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

19. Stir in the coconut milk.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

20. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about – creamy, dreamy coconut milk magic.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

21. Personally, I can’t eat this soup without cilantro.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

22. And there you have it – red lentil carrot coconut soup. Enjoy!

One Response to red lentil carrot coconut soup
  1. Nutmeg
    December 12, 2011 | 3:39 pm

    Can’t wait to try this one!

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