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I love, love, love (!!) Allison Rivers Samson’s recipe for Grilled Tempeh Reuben Sandwiches so much that I decided to turn it into a soup recipe.

Tonight, I used red lentils instead of tempeh, and I used the vegetables that I had in my fridge.  This soup could be made lots of different ways.

The magic formula = smoked paprika + caraway seeds + dill.  You must taste this flavor combination to believe how good it is!

This soup recipe is NSNG (No Sugar No Grains).

Reuben Soup (NSNG)

Reuben Soup (NSNG)

INGREDIENTS:

1 T coconut oil

4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
3 carrots, cut in discs
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cauliflower, chopped

1/2 zucchini, chopped (keep separate from the other vegetables)

dash celery salt
dash garlic powder
1/2 t black pepper
1 1/2 t dried dill
1 1/2 t caraway seeds
3 t smoked paprika
2 bay leaves
4 t VegeBase broth powder

1 C red lentils, rinsed
6 C water
2 T tamari

1/2 T apple cider vinegar

ASSEMBLY:

1.  Heat the coconut oil over medium heat in a soup pot.

2.  Add the vegetables except the zucchini.  (The zucchini will be added at the end of the simmer so it doesn’t turn to mush.)

3.  Add the dry spices.  Saute the vegetables and spices for several minutes.

4.  Add the lentils, water, and tamari.  Simmer, covered for about 45 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked.

5.  Remove from the heat, and stir in the zucchini and apple cider vinegar.  Makes 6 pints.

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For tonight’s meal, I ate the Reuben Soup with:

  • a half cup of brown basmati rice
  • a sprinkle of toasted pumpkin seeds
  • several crushed red pepper flakes
  • a forkful of sauerkraut
Reuben Soup with Brown Basmati Rice

Reuben Soup with Brown Basmati Rice

Here’s a picture of the Grilled Tempeh Reuben Sandwich…

Grilled Tempeh Reuben Sandwich

Grilled Tempeh Reuben Sandwich

Here’s a picture of a Tempeh Reuben Salad (NSNG)…

Tempeh Reuben Salad (NSNG)

Tempeh Reuben Salad (NSNG)

Mexican Butternut Squash Soup

Mexican Butternut Squash Soup

I love to make soup with baked squash.  This one is pretty spicy (by my palate), but still flavorful and not too spicy.  (I’ve definitely overdone it in the past!)  If you want to ease it up, just back off on the cayenne, chipotle, and chili powder.  Remember- you can always add more heat, but you can’t take it away!

To make this recipe No Sugar No Grains (NSNG), omit the corn.  I had a bag in my freezer that I needed to get eating, so I decided to use the entire 12 oz package.  As you can see from the pictures, the soup is quite “corny” with that much in there.  Adjust the amount of corn to your taste.

To get started, you need to bake a butternut squash.  Wash the squash and prepare a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper.  To safely divide the squash lengthwise, I find that it’s best to use the “Psycho Shower Scene” knife grip and stab technique…

Use your largest knife.  Carefully make multiple stabbing cuts (slow and precise…unlike the shower scene!) with the point of the knife until you can “connect” the cuts and ease the 2 halves apart.  Scoop out the seeds and place the cut sides face down on the parchment paper.  Bake for 45 minutes at 400 degrees.

Demonstrating the "Psycho Shower Scene" knife grip and stab technique. To learn about my 269 tattoo check out 269life.com 269life.com/#&panel1-1

Demonstrating the “Psycho Shower Scene” knife grip and stab technique.
(To learn about my 269 tattoo check out the link below this picture.)

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Baked butternut squash. (One half flipped over to show what it looks like after baking.)

Baked butternut squash. (One half flipped over to show what it looks like after baking.)

INGREDIENTS

1 butternut squash, baked
4 C water (or liquid vegetable broth)

Coconut oil (to coat the soup pot)

3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped in discs
1 cauliflower, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped

Dash garlic powder
Dash cayenne
Dash celery salt
1/8 t black pepper
1/8 t ground chipotle (very spicy)
1 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1 t basil
2 t dried chives
2 t Vegebase vegan broth powder (if not using liquid broth)

1 C water, as needed

15 oz can black beans, rinsed (double the amount if you want)
Optional- frozen organic corn, to taste

Measure all your spices in a small bowl.

Measure all your spices in a small bowl.

ASSEMBLY

1.  Blend the baked squash meat with 4 cups of water or liquid vegetable broth.  Set aside.

2.  Coat a large soup pot with coconut oil.  Saute the vegetables with the spices for several minutes on medium heat.

3.  Add the squash puree to the soup pot.  Add another cup of water as needed.  Simmer covered for about 45 minutes, or until the cauliflower is soft.  In the last 15 minutes of cooking, add the beans and corn.

Makes about 7 1/2 pints, depending on the size of your squash and the amount of corn used.

Have some soup for dinner and freeze the rest in wide mouth freezer jars.

Have some soup for dinner and freeze the rest in wide mouth freezer jars.

ENJOY!

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