I love meals that warm you from the inside out. Meals that are good for you and your wallet. I plan on sharing cheap and healthy vegan family-friendly recipes every now and then.
I’ve started making this red lentil soup at least once a week now that it’s cooling down. It takes next to no time, and since there’s only the two of us, it means left-overs for the next day! Who doesn’t love leftovers?
I’ve always really enjoyed soups, but Michael needed some convincing. When we first moved out together, I was making some pretty average vegetable soups, and once he tries something and doesn’t like it, he doesn’t often give it another chance.
After he tried my Vegan Miso Soup With Veggies & Noodles (Gluten-Free), he opened up to others fairly quickly. This one also seemed to win him over!
What I love about this recipe the most is that it’s so quick and easy to make and ends up costing around $3 per serving.
You can experiment with the spices and herbs that you use to suit your pallet, but I think that the ones that I’ve selected work really well together to help keep you warm over winter.
What are the health benefits of red lentils?
Some health benefits of split red lentils are:
- Good source of protein
- They have high levels of vitamin-B, in particular B-3 and B-12
- Rich in iron
- Full of fibre
- Stabilise blood sugar levels
- Very low in fat
- Rich in complex carbohydrates
With all those benefits, what’s there not to love about lentils!? I made this a few days ago with some diced potato in there as well, and it was quite tasty too.
If you want to add it to this recipe, just add the potatoes in before the lentils. Sometimes though, it’s nice to keep things simple. It may also require a longer cooking time as the potatoes do take a while to be ready.
It’s nice served with some warm bread and/or fermented vegetable salad.
If you’re wondering where to buy red lentils without packaging, I get mine at my local bulk food store.
What types of meals do you like to make when you’re on a budget but still want something healthy in winter? Soups most definitely seem to be the go-to meal in our house!
Some other great recipes you’ll enjoy:
- Mushroom & Thyme Soup
- Curried Crouton Chickpea Pumpkin Soup
- Immune Boosting Bean Soup
- One-Pot French Lentil, Mushroom and Sage Stew
- Hearty Mung Bean Stew With Kale
Interested in more recipes?
Want to get inspired each week with a new vegan recipe using everyday ingredients? Click on the link below to get them straight to your inbox!