Easy Crockpot Lentil Soup
6 cups veggie broth (I use water and bouillon cubes)
2 cups dry brown lentils, rinsed and drained
1 medium red potato, scrubbed and diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 large celery stalks, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 large tomatoes, diced
3 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
black pepper and sea salt, to taste
1-2 tablespoons vegan margarine, optional (gives the soup a richer flavor)
1 1/2-2 cups fresh spinach, destemmed and torn into pieces
1. Throw everything except the spinach in the crockpot, set to low, and simmer for 6 hours or until the lentils are soft.
2. 20 minutes before you want to eat, stir in the spinach.
3. Remove bay leaves before serving. Enjoy hot, with a piece of crusty bread!
Source of recipe: I came up with this easy lentil soup by just throwing a bunch of stuff in the crockpot and letting it simmer for 6 hours. No pre-sautéing for me. It's yummy, healthy, and simple to prepare for a satisfying lunch or dinner.