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How To Make Pumpkin Lentil Maca Soup

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As the holiday season is ramping up and winter is approaching, there’s no better way to warm your stomach and heart than with a bowl of pumpkin lentil maca soup! This healthy, affordable recipe is full of fresh flavors and would make a fantastic meal or addition to a holiday dinner!

 

Can Pumpkin Soup Make a Great Holiday Dish?

 

This vegan pumpkin soup is indeed the perfect dish for your table spread. Not only is it easy to make, but it is packed full of nutrients from all the raw and superfood ingredients. Holidays dinners can be harsh on the stomach, but having this vibrant soup will help start these meals off on a delicious and robust note. Another benefit of this recipe is how cost affordable this recipe is!

  • Lentils - $0.98 a pound / $0.06 per oz 
  • Coconut Milk - $1.98 a can / $`0.45 per fl oz 
  • Pumpkin - $0.89 a pound / $0.05 per oz 
  • Kale - $0.98 a bunch

After considering the bulk of the ingredients, this recipe can be easily less than ten dollars and can make up to four to six servings! 

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What Kind of Lentil is Best For Soup? 

 

Not all lentils are the same, so it’s essential to pick one that would best match this recipe! Although this may depend on personal preference, here are the following more common groups

  • Brown Lentils - These are the most common and are perfect for soups as they keep their shape during cooking.
  • Green Lentils - These are similar to brown lentils in keeping their shape but would be great for sides or salads
  • Red and Yellow Lentils- These are great for sauces or dishes that need thickening. They tend to break down and turn mushy quickly

As this recipe requires some simmering, brown lentils would be best to prevent the soup from being overly mushy! Besides adding texture to the soup, lentils are great as they are low in calories and full of fiber, iron, potassium, calcium, and the list goes on. It’s a tremendous high-protein source packed with nutrients!

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What Are The Health Benefits of Maca Powder? 

Maca root powder comes from cruciferous vegetables. This root has a history that ties it back to the Incas using it medicinally. However, its popularity has blown up in recent years - and for a good reason! Here are some benefits of maca root powder! 

  • Excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals;
  • Increases libido in both women and men;
  • Can increases fertility in men;
  • May improves mood and energy; and
  • Can improve learning and memory.

Those are just a few reasons to add Maca Root Powder into your diet.

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Pumpkin Lentil Maca Soup

Pumpkin Lentil Maca Soup

Yield: 4-6
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prep time: 10 M cook time: 50 M total time: 1 H

ingredients:

  • 2 cups lentils (preferably soaked in water overnight)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 small sugar pumpkin, peeled
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger powder
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped basil
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped sage
  • 2 Tbsp. maca powder
  • 1 tsp. mesquite powder (optional)
  • 1 head kale, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp (or more) sea salt
  • pepper, to taste

instructions:

How to Make Pumpkin Lentil Maca Soup

  1. Add every ingredient except kale to the pot.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cover.
  3. Keep this on the stove for at least a couple hours. The longer the better; the flavors infuse more and more with each minute that goes by.
  4. When you're getting ready to serve, add the kale.
  5. Let the soup heat the kale to the point at which it turns just green, approximately three minutes.
  6. Top your soup with fresh basil and fresh sprouts for some raw goodness!
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