Lentil soup has always been one of my favorites but buying this soup where it is actually low in sodium, I found, was not possible. What is possible is to make it with no added sodium and still having that unique delicious flavor. What I really love about this recipe is how easy it is to make 8 servings. This will keep in the refrigerator for up to about 10 days.
3 cups dried Lentils - I have always soaked them for about 3 hour and have consistently gotten good results. Drain and rinse with cold water.
1 pound of carrots - buy them sliced to reduce prep time
1 cup each of peas and corn - buy frozen to reduce added sodium
8 oz of mushrooms
1 green pepper
1 medium onion or two bunches of green onions
1 celery stalk - half of a large stalk or just one of the celery hearts
About 8 or more cups of water to fill up the insta-pot to it's max line
I recommend adding the following seasonings before cooking but they are all optional and you choose what you prefer. All of these seasonings are high in nutritional value and I add all of them when I'm cooking:
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper - will add a little heat
1 tablespoon Dash Salt Free table blend (or your favorite salt free blend)
1 tablespoon Turmeric - Indian flavor (excellent anti-inflammatory benefits)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Cook for 20 minutes in the 8 quart insta-pot and this will make 8 servings.
To take your lentil soup to the next level in nutrition add the following ingredients to the finished soup per serving or when reheating the soup which takes about 4 minute in the microwave.
Use a coffee grinder and then stir into the soup:
1 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground flax seeds - nutty flavor, will thicken the soup
1/2 tablespoon freshly ground fenugreek - Indian flavor
Sprinkle over the top to give a wonderful presentation:
1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast - cheesy flavor
I started with a 4 quart insta-pot then went to a 6 quart and finally an eight quart. It saves me time by making eight serving at a time.
I use quart size sealable bowls to store meals in my refrigerator. They keep just fine. I use small plates to cover the bowl during microwaving to prevent damage to the plastic covers