Over 50s Lifestyle Recipes

Healthy & Nourishing Slow Cooked Soups

October 26, 2021

Although we are heading into Summer where I live, over the Winter break both my darling and I suffered with coughs and colds – no not COVID thank goodness, although we are both veterans now at having COVID tests! In pre-COVID days we would have said ‘It’s just a cold’ but now it’s ‘Is it COVID?’ ‘Should I get a COVID test?’. Also you can’t get a doctor’s appointment if you have COVID-like symptoms unless you’ve had the test and it is negative.

Okay so I’ve set the scene – Winter/Coughs & Colds. The perfect time to enjoy some nourishing and tasty soups. I love my slow cooker and have previously shared both of these recipes on the blog. A slow cooker is set and forget!

I’m joining the lovely Leslie from Once Upon A Time Happily Ever After for a Soup-Chili-Stew Recipe Swap Blog Hop. Participants post their recipe for Soup, Chilli or Stew and we share them around. You don’t even have to be a blogger to participate. Here’s the link to Leslie’s last Recipe Swap.

If you are visiting from Robin at Hello I’m 50ish welcome and I hope you enjoy joining me in the kitchen!

Nourishing Slow Cooked Vegetable Soup

I added Tumeric, Garlic and Ginger for flavour and also their health benefits.

Ingredients: (you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand)

2 carrots
2 zuchinni
1 large onion
2 spring onions
2 sticks celery
1 tin diced tomatoes
1/2 cup red lentils
1 cup small pasta such as macaroni, or shells
1 tin of cannellini beans
1 teaspoon each tumeric, garlic, chilli and ginger – or according to your taste
2 cups of water or enough cover vegetables

Directions:

Dice vegetables, I like mine chunky but you can finely dice them if you wish.
Add to slow cooker or heavy based pot if using the stove
Add lentils and spices
Add tinned tomatoes
Cover with water
Turn slow cook to LOW and cook for 5-6 hours until vegetables are soft but not soggy. About 1 – 1.5 hours before completion add the pasta. I added mine a little too early so it was softer than the usual ‘al dente’ that I make.

If using the stove top. Bring to boil and then simmer gently until vegetables are soft but not soggy.

Note: Overcooking vegetables depletes them of their nutritional value so make sure you check them earlier rather than later.

Slow Cooked Moroccan Style Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Soup

Sweet potato and lentil soup

Serves 2 – 4

Ingredients

1/2 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 onion finely diced
3 small carrots diced
1 large sweet potato peeled and diced
1 cup dried red lentils
2 cups water
Greek yogurt to serve

Method

  • The recipe called for frying the spices and onions until softened although I didn’t do this.
  • I put all the ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours until vegetables are tender.
  • Blend until smooth and add more water if too thick.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Joanne Tracey October 27, 2021 at 06:25

    I’m a massive soup fan (as you know) and eat them for work lunches all year round. It’s a great way of getting the veg in. Weirdly though, I have never made them in the slow cooker. Note to self: must rectify that state of affairs.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 28, 2021 at 06:00

      Hi Jo, I just throw what I have in and hope for the best! I find the slow cooker is so versatile and you just set and forget. xx

  • Reply Lisa Elliott October 27, 2021 at 08:12

    I am going to save your recipe for the second soup — I’ve been trying to find a lentil soup (blended) that is just right and yours sounds wonderful.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 28, 2021 at 05:54

      Hi Lisa, it was delicious so I hope you enjoy making this soup. Lovely to meet you and thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections October 27, 2021 at 12:31

    I can vouch for your Nourishing Slow Cooked Vegetable Soup recipe. It is delicious!! 😀

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 28, 2021 at 05:53

      It certainly is starting to be Soup weather for you, Donna, especially after your hikes. x

  • Reply Kirstin October 29, 2021 at 11:05

    Those look amazing Sue!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 29, 2021 at 16:40

      Thanks Kirstin, they tasted pretty good too!

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