Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

1 cup dried lentils

1 ½ cups baby carrots

1 ½ cups celery, sliced

1 ½ cups onions, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon thyme

1 tablespoon parsley

1 bay leaf

4 cups vegetable broth

1 ½ cups water

2 cups fresh tomatoes, diced

1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours in a slow cooker. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

This can also be cooked in a pressure cooker on the “soup” setting.

Butternut Squash Soup

It freezes well so I usually double the recipe. It is also very easy to customize depending on your dietary needs.

Ingredients :

1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed

1 onion, diced

½ lb carrots, peeled and chopped

1 granny smith apple, peeled and cored

3 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth to keep it vegan

1 bay leaf

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

¼ tsp nutmeg

2 cups half and half or coconut milk for vegans

Directions :

Combine squash, onion, carrots, apple, broth and nutmeg in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours, or until veggies are tender. Process with an immersion blender. When smooth, add the salt, pepper, sage and coconut milk or half and half before serving.

Veggie Joe’s

This is just as good as the original, but vegan and healthy. Serve with buns or over brown rice.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups lentils

2 cups brown rice

8-10 cups water

1 red onion, diced

2 packets dry sloppy joe seasoning mix

2 tsp garlic powder

1 can tomato paste

1/2 cup ketchup

2 tbsp mustard

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions :

Add the water, lentils, brown rice, onion, and seasoning mix to the slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours or until the lentils and rice are cooked and the sauce has thickened. Then add the garlic powder, tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and cook for another hour.

Instant Pot Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon butter (or coconut oil to keep it vegan)

​3 tablespoons maple syrup

​1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

​2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice

1 cup grated carrots

1 cup steel cut oats

​4 cups water

​3 teaspoons chia seeds

1 cup raisins

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and cook on the manual setting for 10 minutes or the oatmeal setting.

Set the vent to sealing.

Release the pressure and allow it to cool for a few minutes.