Sunday, 1 April 2012

Cauliflower and Lentil Soup GF SCD


Lentil Soup is amazingly warming on a cool evening! Some nights we just don't feel like cooking a large meal and soup is one of those dishes that is really quick to make and filling.

Red lentils don't need to be soaked and are an excellent source of protein as well as a good source of folate, magnesium and iron. It's so easy to improve the nutritional value of burgers, soups and stews by throwing a few in.

Cauliflower and Lentil Soup GF SCD


250g organic red lentils
2 medium onions
3 or 4 medium carrots
1 small cauliflower
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 large cloves of garlic crushed
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 bay leaf
1 litre water or vegetable stock
1 tblsp chopped flat leaf parsley or coriander
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper




Finely chop the onion, wash, peel and slice the carrots, wash the cauliflower and cut into florets. Heat a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a large pan and measure out the cumin seeds.




Tip the seeds into the oil and fry gently for a  couple of minutes over a medium light, this helps to release their earthy flavour. Add the onion to the pan and continue to fry gently for another five minutes until the onion is translucent.



Add the crushed garlic and minced ginger and stir in.




Rinse the red lentils in cold water. Add the carrots, cauliflower, bay leaf and red lentils to the pan.





Pour on the water or stock, adding a little more water if necessary, until it covers the vegetables.




Bring to the boil and cook for about 30 minutes until the lentils and vegetables are soft, you may need to add a little more water if it boils down too much. Chop the parsley or coriander.




Remove the bay leaf, add the parsley or coriander, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Finally, blend the soup in a blender or use a hand blender. Serve hot.


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This recipe is linked to Fat TuesdaySlightly Indulgent TuesdayHearth and Soul HopReal Food WednesdayAllergy Free WednesdaysHealthy 2Day WednesdaysGluten-Free WednesdaysFull Plate ThursdaySimple Lives ThursdayWellness WeekendGallery of FavoritesFresh Bites FridayFriday Food FlicksFreaky FridayAllergy Friendly FridaySuperfood SundaySunday Night Soup Night

20 comments:

  1. Hello dear Vicky! I love soup and this recipe is fantastic! I love cauliflower! I did not know the red lentils did not have to be soaked. I will have to see if the health food store has some. I have been on the SCD for 4 years and haven't tried lentils again, so I think it is time! :)Your photos are wonderful and it is nice to see how this all comes together so beautifully! Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you have a lovely week! xo~Paula

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  2. Paula, thank you! We love soup too and the cauliflower adds an extra creaminess! The advice for red lentils is here

    http://www.scdiet.org/7archives/scd010.html

    I think after 4 years you should be fine but be careful, they don't suit everybody!

    Be well!

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  3. Hello Friend,

    You’ve been tagged with the Liebster Blog award! I thank you for your wondering blog and your
    dedicated to health and healing! You’re an inspiration!

    Hugs,
    --Amber

    http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/04/liebster-blog-award-sharing-our.html

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  4. Hi There Vicky,

    What a fantastic combination of flavors! I will have add lentils to my cauliflower soup to see how it changes the overall flavor. And I can't wait to make your version! :-)

    Hugs,
    --Amber

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  5. I have never combined cauliflower and lentils before. I am really looking forward to trying this recipe. I am always looking for easy, healthy veggie soups to make for my family for dinner or a weekend lunch.

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  6. Thanks Amber, the cauliflower in this soup is really helping to create an extra creamy texture! It's a bit like a dhal soup! I must try cashews sometime to add a creaminess to a soup to see what difference it makes!

    Laura, this soup is sooo easy and it takes no time to make! I hope you enjoy it!

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  7. Thank you for the Liebster Blog award Amber, so lovely of you to nominate me!

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  8. Yummm.....
    it's a soup kind of day today and this would be very nice ;)

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  9. Thanks Ella! Yes it's been soup kind of days for the last few :(

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  10. I haven't used red lentils for years. Reading your post, I remember the convenience of them. This soup looks yummy!

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  11. Joann,we use loads of red lentils, so quick and easy to cook! Lentil soups and lentil pie are HUGE favourites of ours!

    Thank you for visiting!

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  12. Dear Vicky, Thank you so much for the link and your kind words! xo~ Paula

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  13. This looks wonderful and yummy and nourishing and perfect for pregnancy. Would you mind posting this to my food blog carnival, superfood sundays?
    http://www.painfreepregnancy.org/2012/04/superfood-sunday-april-8th-fifth.html

    Thanks!!

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  14. Looks like an interesting combination of ingredients. Thanks for sharing on Allergy-Free Wednesday!

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  15. Good Morning Vicky,
    I need that wonderful soup for my lunch today, it looks delicious! Hope you have a wonderful week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  16. What a lovely soup! I am a fan of cauliflower and lentils, and just love the idea of combining them in a creamy soup.

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  17. Thank you Alea! We love lentil soup too - so warming and filling!

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  18. Red lentils are so wonderful and versatile, and I love the idea of adding cauliflower as well. I thought from the picture that you had added something creamy to it, until I realized it was the cauliflower giving it that creaminess! Thanks for sharing this with Sunday Night Soup Night, look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  19. Your cauliflower and lentil soup sounds just scrumptious! The herbs and spices you have chosen are wonderful - I especially like the ginger - cumin combination.

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  20. Thank you Debbie, I look forward to being back soon!

    April, thank you for being so supportive, I am learning and growing from writing this blog and I so appreciate your comments!

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