Stay warm with this healthy slow cooker lentil and vegetable soup recipe. It’s one of those amazing set-it-and-forget-it recipes and is great for making for healthy meals to take for lunch throughout the week!
During the holidays, I like to take a little break after posting the top recipes of the previous year (see here for 2017 top reader favorite recipe, 2018 favorite recipes and 2019 favorites). I like to shut down my computer and only check email via phone, occasionally.
It is really great and relaxing…but then one year when I was pregnant with my first child (I now have three kids, boy/girl twins and a toddler) I got a head cold for 5 days. And of course, being pregnant I couldn’t take any medications. So I relied on healthy healing soups, including this lentil soup (I swear this lentil soup cured me!)
This lentil and vegetable soup is packed full of veggies. It’s so comforting! And whenever I’m talking about comforting meals and dishes, I always think of the South.
A few years ago I got to tour behind the scenes at Southern Living Magazine, an event that was cosponsored by Delta Faucet. It just so happened to be a coincidence that the faucet in our kitchen was leaky. As I toured the Southern Living studios I was in awe of all their amazing faucets- they were all Delta Faucet and the ones that one just touches and the water comes on/off. When I got my very own Touch2O Technology faucet from Delta, I was beyond happy and grateful.
The faucet makes washing everything so easy! When I was cleaning and prepping the veggies for this soup, it took me a fraction of the time because I was able to use the pull down handle, and turn it on/off with my arm. It’s the little things, right?
With the start of the new year, there’s always a desire for healthier recipes, and healthy slow cooker recipes are some of my faves.
When it comes to soups, I have to admit that I’m not much of a brothy soup type of person. I like a more heartier soup (like this slow cooker beef and sweet potato stew) – a soup where you can just put ingredients into a slow cooker and it comes out great. This lentil and vegetable soup does just that. It goes into the slow cooker, does it’s cooking, and voila, a delicious healthy gluten free soup is the end result.
Because this soup uses red lentils, the texture is nice and thick at the end, almost creamy. Sometimes to get a thicker soup, recipes call for putting the soup in a blender. Not with this soup! The red lentils cook down and become soft and stir in beautifully with the other veggies for a delicious soup! You can definitely use other lentils, but they might not cook down like red ones do, still delicious, just not as thick in texture.
Next time you’re looking for a comforting healthy meal, make this healthy slow cooker lentil and vegetable soup recipe.
Healthy Slow Cooker Lentil and Vegetable Soup
- [1 1/2 cups red lentils]
- 4 large carrots peeled and chopped
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 2 celery stalks chopped
- 1/2 a bunch of kale about 4 leaves stems removed and chopped
- 2 russet potatoes peeled and chopped
- 1 jalapeno chopped (optional)
- 2 garlic cloves pressed
- 1/2 an onion chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 6 1/2 cups vegetable stock
- Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and pour in vegetable stock.
- Cook on high for 5 hours, or low for 8 hours (low is preferred). Stir a few times throughout the cooking. If you like a more brothy soup, add in 1-2 cups additional stock.
- Serve with a dollop of sour cream and crusty bread on the side (optional)