This carrot blueberry sprout salad is so good, so refreshing and so healthy! It’s perfect to make ahead the night before for lunch-to-go. It also makes a perfect side dish for dinner. I’ve even eaten it for breakfast. Yes, I know I can be a little intense about getting my vegetables in!
I cook vegan almost every night (even though I am not vegan by definition). You’ll never see me use frozen “protein” substitutes or anything made with soy isolates. I have realized overtime that in order for companies to make those types of products, they truly denature the protein you want to get into your body in the first place. Let’s take a look at Trader Joe’s Masala Burger, one of the cleanest burgers out there.
There are three ingredients which are questionable in my mind even before realizing the product is obviously not organic…
Cellulose gum – Made from indigestible wood that is added because they want to increase the fiber and lower the fat content in the burger, however, they are really adding it because it is cheaper to use than real food. Boo!
Spices – What spices? Aren’t ginger, turmeric, and mustard seeds spices? Why are they not listing the rest? Luckily putting the word “spices” on a list means it can’t be a chemical made flavor. Thank goodness for that, but there could be other ingredients they are hiding and we’ll never know.
Citric acid – This is not just lemon juice, like you would think – but this is a industrial man made product via corn (likely genetically modified) not citrus fruits and can make the body more acidic vs. alkaline. When this denatured preservative is consumed it makes the body primed for disease.
Now see why I don’t buy these types of products? – Even one of the best has questionable ingredients. You have a choice on what you bring into your home, what you cook and what you eat. Remember this every single day.
So how do I get my protein? Mainly through nuts, seeds, high quality whey and hemp protein powders, and by making soup like this!
My husband and I ate this Carrot Ginger Lentil soup 3 nights in a row last week. What? 3 days in a row? Yes it was that good. The sweetness of the carrots, married with the spiciness of the ginger and creaminess of the beans…so freaking yummy.
This soup is so supremely satisfying because each serving contains a serving of lentils which is packed with protein and fiber. This is my favorite part of this soup – because most carrot ginger soup recipes don’t really add a protein component or they add stuff that just isn’t necessary like butter, cheese, milk or cream. Did you know one serving of lentils has 18 grams of protein!? This is just crazy for a bean. Plus, beans are super duper cheap when you buy them from the dry bulk section of your grocery store.
This recipe is just perfect to make on a Sunday like today and to have throughout the week.
Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!
4.8 from 12 reviews
Food Babe's Protein Rich Carrot Ginger Lentil Soup
1 and ½ cups yellow split lentils soaked for at least 8 hours or overnight
2 tsp coconut oil
1 large onion diced
1 pound or 6 large carrots diced
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 inches of ginger minced (an inch more if you really like ginger)
1 tsp cinnamon
⅛ cup maple syrup or about 3 tablespoons
1 bay leaf (optional)
4 cups vegetable stock
2 cups water
salt and black pepper to taste
Soak yellow lentils for at least 8 hours or overnight
In a large pot, heat coconut oil on medium
Sautee onions and carrots for about 5 mins
Next add ginger, garlic and cinnamon and cook another 2-3 minutes
Add all other ingredients including the soaked lentils, bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for at least 30 mins
Before pureeing make sure lentils are soft but still intact – if they are still hard, simmer for another 10 mins or so
Remove bay leaf, then puree soup in batches using a blender or directly in the pot using a hand blender
It’s hearty and satisfying and goes perfectly with a nice raw green salad. ***Please buy all organic ingredients if possible***
Got questions about the recipe or about my food philosophy? Leave me a comment here or come visit me on my Facebook Fan Page. And if you know someone who could use a delicious meatless soup recipe with lots of protein, please share this with them. Who knows? They might make you some.
Cheers, Food Babe
P.S. Why yes – don’t even think twice. Of course that is an organic candy cane I am holding
Definition of Ravishing – unusually attractive, pleasing, or striking. I couldn’t think of a better word to describe this juice. It’s very attractive in color, pleasing to the eye, and striking to your system. This is a perfect juice for the morning – The beets go straight to the blood to do some serious cleansing work to help your body to fight off a myriad of ailments and diseases like cancer, chronic fatigue, colds, eczema, gallstones, high blood pressure, psoriasis and asthma.
I usually like to throw extra greens like kale or parsley in the mix to cut the sweetness – but if you like extra sweet juice, you can leave them out.
This juice also has carrot juice. Back when I started juicing with carrots – my eye lashes started getting longer and my eyes became brighter. True Story. I love Juicing. It’s here to stay.
Wash all vegetables thoroughly and place into a large bowl
Juice each vegetable in this order – carrots, beets, celery, apple, ginger, cucumber (If you are adding kale or parsley, do those first and then the rest)
Stir mixture before serving
Clean juicer immediately
Makes two 15 ounce servings – Sip slowly and drink with intention immediately after juicing. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 12 hours (Some live enzymes will be lost). ***Please buy all organic ingredients if possible***
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