Here is a delicious garden vegetable soup for the time of year. Enjoy this soup using veggies from your garden, CSA or farmer's market. Thanks to garden, gardeners and Devas.
(Quantities vary according to size and availability of vegetables)
The greens from the beets and turnips, chopped
1 yellow squash (crookneck or straightneck)
1 cup dry red lentils
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
1-2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
1 handful chopped fresh herbs (e.g. basil, rosemary, oregano, sage, thyme)
4 cups water or vegetable broth
For the soup base, simmer together the lentils, chopped tomato and greens in water or vegetable broth.
Slice the vegetables and lightly stir-fry in olive oil.
Once the lentils are tender, add the vegetables, salt and pepper to the soup pot and simmer until the veggies are tender.
Add the chopped fresh herbs and simmer for a few more minutes to combine flavours.
Serve with bread or cornbread, accompanied with salad, cheese or hummus.
Alakananda Ma M.B., B.S. (Lond.) is an Ayurvedic Doctor (NAMA) and graduate of a top London medical school. She is co-founder of Alandi Ayurveda Clinic and Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in Boulder Colorado, as well as a spiritual mother, teacher, flower essence maker and storyteller. Alakananda is a well known and highly respected practitioner in the Ayurveda community both nationally and internationally.
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