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Cooking With Zara (Veganuary Edition): Homemade Soup!

January 06, 2018

So as promised I will be sharing one recipe a week in honour of #Veganuary for all those who are trying out a vegan diet or lifestyle and wish to read up on some meals they can prepare. I've already got a few vegan recipes on here all you have to do is look under the "Cooking With Zara" section and find the recipes that have "vegan friendly" in the title. To find out more about Veganuary and what it is click HERE for information!

Today's post is starting with something a little simple that almost everyone can enjoy, home made soup! Now I live on soup pretty much all year round and I enjoy making it so I'm going to share two types of soups that we make in our house on this post:

Lentil & Chickpea Soup:


- 200g lentils (I use green lentils in a can from Tesco for 50p)
- 200g chickpeas (I also use chickpeas from a can for 50p)
- OPTIONAL: Chilli flakes for garnishing (Amount varies depending on spice tolerance)
- Vegetable stock cubes (Two per serving)
- Diced white onion (45g)
- Chopped garlic cloves (One small clove per serving)
- White potatoes (One large potato per serving)
- Parsley (Dried or fresh is fine but slice the fresh parsley)

1. Peel your potatoes, cut them into medium sized chunks and put them onto boil in a pan of water. Leave them to soften and boil.
2. Take your chickpeas and lentils and put them in a pan with diced onion, parsley and chopped garlic on a low heat to slowly warm through.
3. When the potatoes are done (they should be soft through to the middle) drain them and add them to your pan of other ingredients.
4. Letting the ingredients mix on a low heat will encourage flavour and texture to slowly improve, you don't want to burn anything!
5. Boil a kettle and put your stock cubes into a jug where you can pour on boiling water and mix them until you have a vegetable stock.
6. Add the stock to your mixed ingredients and turn the heat up to a medium-high so it will boil but gently.
7. When the soup mixture is boiling turn it down to a medium-low heat and let it simmer for around 15 minutes, this will cause the soup ingredients to soften further.
8. After this you can turn the heat down or to very low, the mixture will need blending so either use a hand blender or carefully pour your mixture into a large blender and blend it until all lumps are removed.
9. After this you can serve your soup so portion it out and perhaps include a few chilli flakes to garnish the top and add a spicy kick.

This soup can feed many people for not an expensive cost so I think this is a good choice for people starting out on a vegan diet, it's also great as a dinner starter because it is light and satisfying.
Lentil & Chickpea Soup
The next soup I have to offer is a thicker, more "stew" like soup that my mother makes regularly and is made in large amounts that feed us for days on end.

Mixed Vegetable Soup:


- White potatoes (4/5 large or a dozen baby potatoes)
- Carrots (3/4)
- Parsnips (3/4)
- Turnip (One large)
- Spinach (100g)
- Vegetable stock cubes (4/5)
- Red chilli pepper (Varies on spice tolerance)
- White onion (60g)
- Garlic (3 medium cloves)


1. Peel the potatoes, carrots, parsnips and turnip slicing them into relatively thick chunks. Put them in a pan of water set on medium-high.
2. Allow them to boil slightly but not too much, they should be soft enough to pierce with a knife but not mushy.
3. Add the garlic, spinach, onion and chilli and leave to simmer for around 15 minutes.
4. Crumble the stock cubes into the pan and leave it to simmer for another half hour, it seems like a long time but the vegetables need to soften and the stock needs to flavour the soup.
5. When everything is softened, mixed and well cooked you can turn off the heat and serve, a large pan of this can serve me and my mother at least twice each.

This is another relatively cheap meal that is filling and nutritional, we eat this regularly with fresh bread and it does us wonders on a cold day.
Mixed Vegetable Soup
I have more recipes coming up and next week I will post the next recipe I have prepared so stay tuned for that. Anyone who is trying #Veganuary you can tweet me or DM me questions or queries on my Twitter at @itsallzara. Thanks for reading!


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  1. oooh!! I'm trying to go Vegan so this helps tremendously!! Thanks love!

  2. Oh yum, this looks so tasty and I love that it's not a bunch of complicated ingredients as well!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    1. Yeah it's super easy to do! Thanks for reading xx