Slow Cooker Vegan Bacon And Lentil Soup

November 2, 2010 by Keri

If you have Simple Little Vegan Slow Cooker, I definitely recommend adding “Bacon” Lentil Soup (page 73) to your to-make list.  Unfortunately, I’ve had two major flops from this cookbook recently, Cream of Potato Soup (page 61) and Butternut Squash Soup (page 72).  My potato soup turned into something closer to grainy, burnt mashed potatoes, and my squash soup was just very thick and bland without a lot of doctoring.  But the bacon lentil vegan soup recipe made up for both those with tons of flavor and hearty, filling lentils.  I can’t even say I’m a huge fan of veggie bacon, but it was just fantastic in this soup!

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I didn’t get a chance yesterday, but I also wanted to share a couple of Halloween pictures.  I know it’s not vegan food, and I’m trying to do Vegan MoFo justice here, but I’m so proud of my little Cat in the Hat!  He loved dressing up and getting the whiskers painted on his face.  I’m almost certain while I was painting him was the stillest he’s ever been.  His aunt and grandma each put together wonderful vegan Halloween treat baskets for him, filled with Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops, Annie’s Bunnies, Clif Bars, a Buzz Lightyear toothbrush, a few fun long sleeved t-shirts, a fleece jacket, and lots of other little things.  It just goes to show you a vegan kid can bring in just as nice of a haul on Halloween as any other little trick or treater!

What recipe or kitchen fails have you had lately?

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  1. Stefanie says:

    Your little guy is too cute. I’m glad to hear he had a great Halloween.

  2. stephanie a. says:

    Tried braising baby bok choy with waaaay too much garlic and onion the other day. Simple error of quantity, but it was like the joke on the plate, only there as a backdrop for my yummy enchiladas. We were trying to push it away from the enchis so they wouldn’t even touch : ) Thanks for sharing…I don’t have that cookbook but my recently converted (to vegan) husband loves vegan bacon, so I may try this. Did you fry the bacon before putting it in the stew?

    • Keri says:

      Haha, awww. I’ve definitely done the “don’t let the over-seasoned dish touch the good one” plate dance! No, I just dropped it in straight out of the package.

  3. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    What a cute little Cat in the Hat!! LOVE that costume! Such an adorable boy.

    That soup sounds delicious! I love that white bowl, too.

    *knock on wood* I haven’t really had any kitchen fails lately… Luckily.

    • Keri says:

      Thank you. 🙂 It was fun because he was the only Cat in the Hat we saw, despite two different nights in two different cities of Halloween events. He got a ton of compliments from all ages because everyone knows Dr. Seuss!!

  4. Sarah S. says:

    That sounds like a really comforting soup! That pretty bowl would make me nervous though, looks like it could tip at any moment 🙂 Way to persevere despite the two fails you had recently from this cookbook, this one certainly sounds like a keeper.

    Your little guy is *adorable*, what a great costume! And what a nice grandma and aunt he has!

    • Keri says:

      It’s sturdier than it seems in photos, but yeah.. I just like it because it’s pretty. 😛 Maybe I should stick to noodles in it, rather than soup!
      Thank you!

  5. Noelle says:

    What a cute costume and face! *Melt*

    That lentil soup sounds SO good! I have to always prepare for when the hubby is not in town. He won’t touch them! 🙁

    I recently had a tasty recipe look pretty bad. It was a half-fail because I could not photograph them, despite the flavors being so good.

    • Keri says:

      Aww, thank you. He melts me too! 🙂
      You’re husband won’t touch lentils?! Lentils are awesome! He’s missing out. 😉

  6. celyn says:

    Cute Cat in the Hat! Plus a delicious looking and sounding lentil soup–it looks so comforting and hearty.

  7. Every time I go near the crock pot, it’s a disaster. I can make incredibly complicated recipes all day long, but put me in front of a crock pot (or a brownie recipe), and nothing edible will emerge. At least I have a sense of humor about it!

    • Keri says:

      Haha, yes, at least there’s that. I’m not above eating gooey brownie soup… Whenever I try to rush something I’m not used to making, it’s an inevitable disaster. I have to do “rush approved” recipes when I’m in a hurry or I might as well not even bother!

  8. bitt says:

    I love a good lentil soup. I can’t eat most vegan bacons but I cheat on my soy-freeness and have those bac-‘uns sometimes. I should put them in lentil soup. I need a slow cooker now!

    • Keri says:

      Do they make a soy-free bacon? Hmm.. the tempeh wouldn’t hold together in the crock pot. The slow cooker just lets the vegan bacon spread so much flavor! 🙂

  9. Laura Jill says:

    Keri, your little Cat in the Hat is SOOO cute! Does it make me a bad vegan if I want to eat him all up?! 😉


  10. stephanie a. says:

    Keri- thanks for the reply : )

  11. kim g. says:

    That soup looks amazing! I might have to check out the book just for that recipe. And your little Cat in the Hat is adorable!

    • Keri says:

      The lasagna and fiesta soup are also really good! I have the recipes posted on here for those two, though. Thank you! 🙂

  12. miss alix says:

    oh my gosh. so freaking adorable. love the costume!

  13. Joe Deemer says:

    We’ve just discovered the greatness of farming in our own backyard, I have to say potato soup is our favourite of the month. I found a website dedicated to just potato soup recipes, can you believe it?!. There’s a website for anything and everything nowadays it appears!