Friday, November 8, 2013

Soup Swap!

So, this is a random detour from my usual posts about writing, but a few days ago I got into a fun conversation on Twitter with Elizabeth Flora Ross and Jessica Sinsheimer about soup! Jessica tweeted about having a soup swap in Brooklyn, I lamented about not living in Brooklyn, and thus the conversation began. Jessica kindly offered to let us steal her idea and do an internet soup swap instead. Go visit Elizabeth's blog if you want to join in on the swapping fun!

Here is my recipe for Vegan Lentil Soup, from, and adapted from Alicia Silverstone's vegetarian cookbook. This is one of the most delicious soups I have ever tasted! I am not vegan, just vegetarian, but I still love it. The seasoning is amazing.


2 Tbsp safflower oil (I use olive oil)
1 medium onion, diced
2 small tomatoes, diced
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced (I use dry ginger and it's fine)
1 1/2 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
Pinch of sea salt
2-3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
7 cups vegetable broth
1 cup brown lentils
1 cup baby spinach or kale


In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat and saute onion for about 2 minutes, until soft. Stir in tomatoes and ginger, cooking an addition 3 minutes. Stir in turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne and salt and cook for 2 minutes, tasting to make sure its to your liking. Next add the sweet potatoes, broth and lentils. Bring soup to a boil then reduce heat and cover, allowing to simmer for about 30 minutes. Then add spinach (or kale) and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend! Eat some good soup and stay warm!


  1. It sounds delicious! Can't wait to try it. So glad we connected on Twitter. Always love meeting other writers. Getting a great soup recipe out of the deal was a bonus! ;)

  2. I bet the sweet potatoes are the secret.
    I'm not much of a soup eater until the winter rolls around. Then I enjoy it.

  3. This sounds really good! I'm a vegetarian too - can't wait to try this.

  4. Vegan AND lentils? I don't know.... ;)

    Might have to try it anyway. :)

  5. What a fun idea for a blog hop! I can't wait for Thanksgiving so I can make my turkey soup with the leftovers!

  6. Oh yum... I was planning on making soup this week, so I might just have to make this. One of my favorite soups is French Onion soup with loads of onions. So yummy with toast.

  7. How fun! My hubby is the cook in this house, and he's come up with some pretty amazing inventions. Me? I hide behind my computer and pretend I know what it means to be domestic. ;)

  8. Ah, yessss! This is definitely soup season. I've never made soup much, but I like it on a cold day. Homemade tastes SO much better than canned...ew, there are very few commercially canned soups I like. The soup I like to make the most is broccoli soup---yummers! and so good for ya too.

  9. Ooh, I'm so using this! I'm not vegetarian, but I love veggies, so this is right up my alley!


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