Moroccan-Inspired Lentil Soup And Three-Grain Bread On The Cheap

August 24, 2010 by Keri

I should call this post my ode to the slow-cooker, because how wonderful is it to prepare dinner in the morning and have no more to prepare in the evening than getting out bowls and spoons?!  We had a lot planned tonight, so knowing we were guaranteed a meal without a mad-dash through the kitchen, throwing together some semblance of a recipe, was just magical.  This magical meal I speak of is Vegan on the Cheap‘s Moroccan-Inspired Lentil Soup (page 201), which combines savory and sweet to make a unique, hearty stew.  My slow-cooker was jammed with lentils, onions, carrots, green pepper, mixed dried fruit, broth, juice, and spices.  Yet another cozy vegan meal!

Vegan Soup Recipes

Vegan Soup Recipes

Just for good measure, I also baked Vegan on the Cheap‘s Three-Grain Bread (page 48) in my bread machine.  The recipe called for wheat flour, corn meal, and brown rice flour for its three grains, but since I didn’t have any brown rice flour, I just threw dry brown rice in my Vita-Mix until it was a find powder consistency. It worked like a charm! What can’t a Vita-Mix do, really?  This loaf was a heavier bread, but very tasty.  I could really taste the “corn bread” in there.  While I was taking the picture, a slice somehow went missing.  I’m not sure what happened, but I never did locate that missing slice of bread…

Vegan Bread Recipes

Vegan Bread Recipes

Mind you, that’s a very tall pub table, so the little bread thief was just blindly reaching in good faith there was something tummy-pleasing up there.  I think he’s figured out if mommy has a camera near the table, there must be something tasty involved!  I’ll leave you with a picture of our dog, Dixie, because I’m not sure she’s ever made an appearance on the blog.  She’s my husband’s dog from college, with me bringing two cats into the mix.  We’re a blended family!

Do you judge a cookbook by its cover?  Or the pictures, or lack-there-of, inside?

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  1. VegMuffinMan says:

    i judge by design. I love it to be fun to read and eye-appealing as well as fun to cook, though no cook book could ever be as fun to read as this blog!!

  2. The lentil soup looks fabulous. Yesterday was “cool” in New York and my office was air-conditioned (ridiculous) so I was freezing all day and kept saying I want soup for dinner! LOL I got home and plugged in my new rice cooker, tossed in dry, red lentils and had steaming lentils in 30 minutes flat! YUM

    By the way, Keri, I linked to your site on an original post for BlogHer: Forgot to mention it to you 😉

  3. Noelle says:

    Great looking lentil soup. This is perfect for the cooler weather we have been having here in MI. Concerning judging a book by its cover, well, it does make a big difference, but I try to give them alla chance.

  4. ColleenEatsVeg says:

    looks so tasty, is that a bit of a must have recipe book?

    • Keri says:

      I really love it. I love how it estimates the cost of each serving, and the recipes are fairly quick to make, but nice enough to serve to company!

  5. Loving the bread machine! I made a second loaf the other day with oats and it turned out great. This post has given me one more reason to buy Vegan on the Cheap and one more reason to buy a Vita Mix (or beg my husband for one for my birthday….)

    • Keri says:

      It’s feels so good to eat bread you made, doesn’t it? Or maybe that’s just me. 😛 Yes, tell the hubby you *need* a Vita-Mix and Vegan on the Cheap!

  6. SporksorChopsticks says:

    Mmmm… that soup looks killer! I make a similar Moroccan- inspired chickpea stew (with dried apricots). I love the combination of savory and sweet, very classic.

  7. Vegmom says:

    My friend linked to your blog from mine and then linked to the book and then bought it! 🙂

    She is one month Vegan and this is so exciting for her to find a cookbook that can help her with money too. She is feeding a family of 6, so switching to Vegan hasn’t been easy… Especially since she is going for organic etc.

    As for me, cookbooks need to have good vibrant pictures to peak my interest. (although many of mine don’t as they are hard to find these days) I don’t really care about the calorie counts etc. As long as it has ingredients I can understand, takes under 30 minutes, and a picture of the final product, I am a happy camper! *smile*

    • Keri says:

      Aww, that’s great! Thank you, Vegmom friend! Wow, family of 6! And I’m scared to have a family of 4…

  8. Jeannetta Haren says:

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  9. Lan says:

    I do agree with all the ideas you have presented in your post. They are very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very short for starters. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.