Spicy Bean & Vegetable Soup

 
Spicy Bean & Vegetable Soup - Vegan, Gluten-free, Healthy and Delicious. Lentils, chickpeas, red beans, green beans, parsley, kale, onion, garlic, ginger, curry spices cardamom and turmeric - Sweet Science Nutrition & Wellness, Healthy Sobriety with health coach Elena Skroznikova, Healthy Soup, Homemade
 
 

Healthy, Vegan, and Easy to Make Soup

I had no idea what Ayurveda was until I started nutrition school in 2012. Turns out it’s the Sanskrit word for the ancient science of healthy living, developed in India thousands of years ago (ayur = life, veda = science or knowledge).

I was also surprised to learn that curry doesn't grow on trees! It's actually a mix of several Indian spices. Now, I cook with curry seasonings like cardamom and turmeric all the time. They’re not only delicious, but healing to the body and mind as well. This soup is warming and wonderful, just like Ayurveda itself.

The Recipe

Serves 4-5

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup dry lentils (or 1 can, drained and rinsed)

  • 1 cup dry chickpeas, soaked overnight (or 1 can, drained and rinsed)

  • 1 cup red beans, soaked overnight (or 1 can, drained and rinsed)

  • Two types of greens—a bundle of asparagus, a pint of Brussels sprouts, two baby bok choys, a bag of green beans, etc—chopped into bite-size pieces

  • 1 bundle parsley, chopped

  • 1 bunch kale, chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped or grated

  • 1/4 teaspoon each of two or more curry spices: cardamom, turmeric, mustard seed, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ground cloves…

  • 4 bay leaves

  • Sea salt & fresh ground pepper

  • Untoasted sesame oil


TOOLS

Large pot


Directions

  • Heat a little oil in the pot

  • Sauté garlic, onion, ginger, and curry spices until fragrant

  • Fill the pot halfway up with water

  • Add the lentils, chickpeas, red beans, bay leaves, and greens

  • Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes

  • Stir in the parsley and kale, and simmer for a couple more minutes

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste, and get cozy!


NOTES

This recipe is adapted from Eat • Taste • Heal: An Ayurvedic Guidebook and Cookbook for Modern Living, one of my favorite modern Ayurvedic cookbooks.

 

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I’m Elena Skroznikova, founder of the Sweet Science wellness program. I’m a certified nutrition counselor, science-based health coach, and addiction survivor. I help people in recovery heal their bodies and minds so they can learn to love sober life—not just survive it.

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Spicy Bean & Vegetable Soup - Vegan, Gluten-free, Healthy and Delicious. Lentils, chickpeas, red beans, green beans, parsley, kale, onion, garlic, ginger, curry spices cardamom and turmeric - Sweet Science Nutrition & Wellness, Healthy Sobriety with health coach Elena Skroznikova, Healthy Soup, Homemade

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