Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

13 Jul 2016

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

This soup can be made ahead of time and put in the freezer until you need it. Made in the Crockpot, which makes this the perfect weekday meal.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup


Is anyone else boiling in this heat??

Today, we had a heat warning, so I decided it best to NOT turn on the stove, and turn to my slow cooker instead. I don't want to have my oven on on a hot day like today.

The heat also makes me feel sluggish too, which is why I am so glad that I made this soup in advance! I put all the ingredients in a freezer bag, which means that I can take the bags out in case of emergency. Like a boiling hot day.



Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup


This will be a staple when I eventually return to school in September.

I remember weeknights, coming home and wanting nothing more than to sit down and relax. Cooking dinner is not high on my priority list when I come home at 7 PM after working the entire day. Having bags of these in my freezer has been super handy, and now, I will no longer be selfish. I will share this recipe with all of you.

Because I know I'm not the busiest person out there. I mean, I don't have kids. 'Nuff said, right?


Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup


Okay, first off, a couple of suggestions. If you don't like your soup spicy, I would suggest you go a little easy on the black pepper. Maybe omit all of it, and season your own bowl to how you like it. As for me and my boyfriend, we loooovveee spicy food! We actually have a cupboard in our kitchen dedicated to hot sauce. We have Tabasco Popcorn regularly, and can't get enough jalapeno recipes.

Another thing, you can use whatever broth/stock you have on hand and it will still taste great. I have experimented with chicken and vegetable and both loved both versions, but I would suggest a broth with less salt. This soup can get a little salty if you're not careful.


Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup



Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup
printable recipe

What you'll need:
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled, diced and cubed
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth

Directions:
  1. If freezing: Place all of the ingredients (except for the vegetable broth) into a freezer bag, and place in freezer until ready to use.
  2. When ready to use:  Dump the contents of the bag (or all the dry ingredients if not making ahread) into your slow cooker. Add the vegetable broth to the slow cooker before cooking.
  3. Cook in your slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low or 5-6 hours on high.

Adapted from Super Healthy Kids




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4 comments:

  1. Lentil soup i one of my faves. There are so many versions of it and this one sounds great! Thanks, Cathleen!

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  2. I am sorry, but, I have been so enjoying the heat - but, I also enjoy soup all year round and this combo of sweet potatoes, lentils and herbs is one I would so love! Thanks for sharing - hope it cools down some for ya!

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  3. I feel like slow cookers are so underused in the summer but man, do they help keep the house cool! This soup sounds fantastic!

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  4. Love this soup! It has some of my favorite things in it. You are very smart to use your slow cooker. It is hot here but I just can't seem to avoid the stove/oven cooking! I crave soups like this all year round, no matter the weather, but you are right about living on soups like this come Sept.

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