Healthy Slow Cooker Lentil and Vegetable Soup
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!
Welcome to 2017. How were your holidays? I took a much needed break over the holidays, after posting the reader favorite recipes from 2016, I shut down my computer and only checked email via phone, occasionally. It was really great and relaxing…until I got a head cold for 5 days. And of course, being preggo I can’t take any medications. So I relied on soups, including this lentil soup (and I swear it 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. Last year 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 my 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 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 and become soft and stir in beautifully with the other veggies for a delicious soup!
Next time you’re looking for a comforting healthy meal, make this slow cooker lentil and vegetable soup recipe.
- 1½ cups red lentils
- 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 celery stalks chopped
- ½ a bunch of kale (about 4 leaves) stems removed and chopped
- 2 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 jalapeno, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- ½ an onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 6½ 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. 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)