Quick ‘N Easy Soup Mix
Including soup in your meal plan is important, but which one is best when feeding 6 people? To answer, think about these four characteristics: price, prep time, taste, and nutrition
- Price? Pumpkin/lentil soup costs $1.80 or less with gleaned pumpkins. Soup mix from a food co-op (1C mix serves 6) is about $2 and Bear Creek (serves 8) is $3.50 on sale. Canned soup is pricey.
- Quick? Canned is ready in a couple of minutes, while frozen soup needs to thaw out, Bear Creek cooks in 30 min and freeze dried Co-op mix takes about an hour.
- Taste? You decide but I prefer to control the taste so home-made is my favorite.
- Nutrition? All five have natural ingredients but 3 include additives and artificial flavors. The Co-op mix is organic and the home-made is what you make it – mine is organic.
Slow Cooked Lentil-Pumpkin Soup
Simple, tasty, filling, healthy, and budget-friendly; what more could you ask for?
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- 1 sweet pumpkin 2-3 lbs cleaned out, peeled and diced
- 3/4 C lentils rinsed and sorted
- 1 med sweet onion, diced
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 6 C warm water
- 3 Tbs Better than bullion
- 2 Tbs curry powder
- Heat oil in a sauce pan over medium heat
- Add onions and curry powder. Saute until translucent
- Pour water into medium- sized slow cooker
- Add Bullion and whisk until dissolved
- Put the remaining ingredients into slow cooker,
- Cook on high for 1 hour then low for 3-4 hours or...
- Cook on low for 7-8 hours until pumpkin and lentils are soft
- During the last hour, sample the soup. Add salt, pepper, and more curry if needed.
- When done, puree with an immersion blender if desired
- If Curry is not your favorite taste, you can substitute thyme, parsley and marjoram
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