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Curried Cauliflower Lentil Coconut Soup

Curried Cauliflower Lentil Coconut Soup TravelFoodCool

Someone rather perversely reminded me the other day that bathing suit season is coming. Ugh. Already? While the weather outside is not beach-like, I guess that it will seem like an instant before warm weather and being outdoors will be here. For the warm weather, I can hardly wait, but the bathing suit ready part? Well, let just say it might need a little bit of work.

When the weather is less than stellar, I have to say, I’m a soup lover. This is a great soup, it blends warming curry spices with cauliflower, lentil and coconut, for a little bit of a creamy pick-me-up. Did I mention that it is insanely healthy for you? Clocks in at under 175 calories a serving AND is gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo and Whole30 compliant?! WHAT?!! Yup!

This is a great recipe to PIN if you need some help for dinner guests who have food issues/dietary restrictions. You will notice only how yummy it tastes! It’s pretty filling, so have a bigger bowl and eat it as a main! Throw this on your meatless Monday rotation. Leftovers are even better the next day. This soup really thickens up overnight and becomes almost a stew. (Want another SToup? Check out the Slow Cooker Moroccan SToup.)

As always, I play a lot with a recipe before I reach the final product. A shout out to The Healthy Maven – I used her recipe as my base.

Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 50 minutes; Serves: 8; Nutrition: (according to MyFitnessPal) 167 calories per serving

What you need:

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed but not soaked
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp red curry paste (I used Thai Kitchen, available at most grocery stores)
  • 1 can 28 oz (796 ml) crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 can 398 ml coconut milk (full fat – want it creamy? add an extra can)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 5 oz spinach (I loved the spinach, next time I would double this amount)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

  • In a large dutch oven (5L pot), over medium-high heat, add your olive oil
  • Add the onions and garlic, cook until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes
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Add your diced onion and minced garlic to the olive oil in the pot
  • Add your turmeric, cumin and red curry paste, stir and cook for 1 – 2 minutes, until spices get fragrent
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Add your cumin, turmeric, and red curry paste, stir and cook for 1 – 2 minutes
  • Add your chopped cauliflower and stir to coat, about another 2 minutes
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Add your chopped cauliflower and stir to coat
  • Add the red lentils, stir
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Add your red lentils, stir
  • Add the vegetable stock, stir, scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pot
Curried Cauliflower Lentil Coconut Soup TravelFoodCool
Add your vegetable stock, give it a good stir, scrape up any bits on the bottom of the pot
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, stir
Curried Cauliflower Lentil Coconut Soup TravelFoodCool
Add your crushed tomatoes, stir
  • Add the salt, pepper and coconut milk, stir
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Add the salt, pepper and coconut milk, stir
  • Increase heat to high, bring to a boil
  • Give it a good stir to get anything let on the bottom scraped up
  • Reduce heat to low, COVER and simmer for 20 minutes
  • Remove lid and cook uncovered for 20 minutes
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Remove lid and cook uncovered for 20 minutes
  • Add spinach, stir to wilt spinach
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Add spinach, stir to wilt spinach leaves
  • Add lime juice, stir
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Add freshly squeezed lime juice, stir
  • Adjust salt and pepper to taste

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  • Serve

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  • Enjoy!

Curried Cauliflower Lentil Coconut Soup TravelFoodCool

  • Hello beach season, I’ll be seeing you soon!

Curried Cauliflower Lentil Coconut Soup TravelFoodCool

  • Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo and Whole30 compliant!

Curried Cauliflower Lentil Coconut Soup TravelFoodCool



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