This soup is the product of needing something restorative and nourishing. My body was not happy with me yesterday. Instead of chowing down on bread, cheese and chocolate, I practiced some restorative yoga and cooked up this healthy, nourishing, vegan soup.
While soup may not actually heal you, I do believe the warmth from a bowl of healthy ingredients can only do the body good. When you pair the potassium of pumpkin, the fiber and protein of lentils, the anti-bloating properties of celery, the metabolism-boosting effects of spicy jalapenos, and the amazing benefits of turmeric, there’s really no way to go wrong. To add to the health factor of this soup, I actually replaced the broth, which is often high in salt, with a combination of beer and water. The alcohol cooks off completely and leaves behind a slightly sweet taste in the soup. It’s better than all that sodium!
If I haven’t sold you yet, this soup is done in less than 45 minutes. Practice some restorative yoga while the soup simmers, or simply enjoy your favorite book. It’s ok to slow down and take time for yourself, especially when your body is yelling at you to do so!
Pumpkin Lentil Beer Soup, adapted from Homemade Delish
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 2 jalapenos, diced
- 1 C lentils, rinsed and sorted to remove stones
- 1 150z can pumpkin puree
- 1 12oz wheat beer or vegetable stock
- 2.5 C (20oz) water
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Diced avocado, to garnish
In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high. Cook onion, celery and jalapenos until translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the lentils and pumpkin puree, then add the beer, water, and spices.
Cover and bring the soup to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium, and simmer covered for 30 minutes.
Taste the soup to make sure the flavors are to your preference, and that the lentils are cooked through but still have a slight bite to them.
Serve hot in bowls, garnished with diced avocado, a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, or whip them together for a healthy avocado crema!