A country, vegan, root-vegetable lentil soup perfect for that cold October night snugglin' and nuzzlin' up with your hubby or wifey. A lil' Johnny Cash or Zac Brown in the background won't let ya down! Root, hog, or die with this-a-here rootin', tootin', high-falutin' superfood soup! Serve over quinoa or basmati or brown rice.

CJ
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Cindy's Magical Motorvatin' Spice Mix:

Directions

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  • Combine the potatoes, spinach, carrots, turnips, garlic, and lentils in a slow cooker. Pour enough water over the mixture to cover.

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  • In a bowl, stir the fresh basil, chili powder, cinnamon, dried basil, paprika, turmeric, cayenne pepper, ground ginger, sea salt, and black pepper; stir into the slow cooker.

  • Cover the cooker, and cook on High for 8 hours.

Cook's Notes

Prep time: 1 side of a record. Eye the proper amount of H20 (ain't nothin' like water, if God made anything better, he kept it for hisself!!)...

Cook on High from the time you finish your morning coffee 'til the time you open up a bottle of red wine. Substitute organic ingredients where possible.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

517.6 calories; 29.9 g protein; 99.8 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 440.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2011
I made this soup as written and it is delicious! It was a perfect dinner for a chilly night. I will make it again and add some chopped onion because I love onions but other than that it's great just as it is! Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/04/2011
Very disappointing. I was so excited to try this recipe given the 5 star rating average. HOWEVER after the 8 hours of anticipation I was left very disappointed that the flavor was quite bland. Not worth the time or effort. So sad.:( Read More
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48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2011
I made this soup as written and it is delicious! It was a perfect dinner for a chilly night. I will make it again and add some chopped onion because I love onions but other than that it's great just as it is! Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2011
Fantastic!!! Made according to recipe instructions except I added 1/2 onion and 2 veggie boullion cubes. Served with naan and Little Penguin Shiraz. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2011
As I rate this I'm snackin' on it for breakfast with some fresh baked bread. I added half a diced onion and a ton of chopped kale. Didn't have chili powder so I used extra cayenne and a bit too much of my favorite hot sauce. The final product was too spicy for my taste but a dollop of sour cream perfected it. This is a great recipe with lots of room to play with the ingredients. Next time I'm thinking of a mushroom medley in there. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/04/2011
Very disappointing. I was so excited to try this recipe given the 5 star rating average. HOWEVER after the 8 hours of anticipation I was left very disappointed that the flavor was quite bland. Not worth the time or effort. So sad.:( Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/06/2011
After reading the other reviews I added kale and onions to this recipe. We served it over brown rice. Although everyone in my family ate this no one asked me to make it again. It has a lot of flavor but just seemed like something was missing and I'm not sure what. I put a splash of balsamic vinegar in my bowl and thought that improved the flavor a bit. If I ever cook this again I will probably try adding tomatoes to the recipe for a richer tangier flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great stew for a healthy appetite. Photo attached. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I made this for dinner last night. It smelled so good cooking all day. I did add some onions but other than that I fixed it as directed. My son loved it and took a large container home with him. I just had a bowl for lunch today and it was so delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2011
I'm trying to stick to the Mediterranean Diet and lower my cholesterol so this recipe DEFINITELY fits my dietary needs right now. To my dismay my husband brought home about 5-6 pounds of turnips when he came home one day from work! What on EARTH am I supposed to do with turnips? This was what I thought on Friday. Well I looked at your website and knew I'd figure it out. Thank you SO MUCH for posting this recipe! It will be used again in my house and I won't shy away from turnips in the future. I thought that the cinnamon added an interesting flavor and I really didn't even notice the bitterness of the turnips. I added a little bit of diced onion and also a bay leaf that I shredded up. My husband suggested that I add chicken to this in the future and we'll see what the leftovers are like tomorrow with the chicken that I added to this soup. It sounds like this is a vegetarian soup but I added about one piece of baked chicken to this. THANKS AGAIN CINDY! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2011
This was pretty good! I thought it would have a little more flavor. Next time I might use some vegetable stock. I didn't keep it on high for 8 hours- my slow cooker gets really hot. My husband was home all day watching it and I think he turned it to low or warm before the 8 hours were up and it turned out well. We ate it with some flavored brown rice. Great for a cool fall night! Read More
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