“Beefy” Lentil and Veggie Soup

I was craving a savory, hearty soup. I knew what I wanted. I wanted Beef Stew without the beef. Armed with my favorite veggies and determination, I got a delicious, vegan soup with a nod to the traditional beef stew.

A vegan take on Beef and Veggie Stew, this Plant-Based Lentil and Veggie Soup is a hearty and healthy soup your whole family will love.

How can you make a beefless stew? I used my favorite beef substitution, lentils.

For me, lentils are down right magical. They make great tacos, taste wonderful plain or seasoned, cook quickly and are easy to prepare. I’m a huge lentil fan!

The first time I made this Lentil and Veggie Soup I did it quickly in my Instant Pot with Massel beef flavored broth (but it’s actually called concentrated liquid stock). I was blown away by how good it was. My husband took all the leftovers to work (which was slightly devastating) because it was so good.

I knew I had to recreate it for my friends who didn’t have an Instant Pot and wanted to cook it on the stove. I also wanted to season it with only spices instead of a ready made broth. This soup is delicious with my Dry Broth Mix but that doesn’t lend a “beefy” flavor that I was wanting. I came up with something a little different, and I didn’t even use nutritional yeast.

"Beefy" Lentil and Veggie Soup is a hearty and healthy family favorite. Add this to your plant-based meal plan.

“Beefy” Lentil and Veggie Soup

I’ve made this a few times now and I’ve used different potatoes each time. I always find it difficult to estimate potato sizes for recipes. I’ve made it with 2 huge potatoes and with 6 small potatoes. The important thing is to think about serving size. If you were going to serve potatoes as a side dish, how many of your potatoes (whatever size you have) would you need. This soup needs 3-4 side dish serving sizes (or 2 main dish serving sizes) of potatoes.

You could add more veggies to this soup. I make it this way because these are the veggies I usually have available. If you want to try something else I recommend celery and green beans.

If you are making this in your Instant Pot, you’ll add all the ingredients as directed, then cook on manual with high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow it to release pressure naturally. Stove top directions follow below.

"Beefy" Lentil and Veggie Soup
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6+ servings
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 6 small potatoes, diced (see note above)
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  1. Add all of the chopped veggies to a large pot on medium heat. I like to do this as I'm cutting them but if you pre-cut them you can do it all at once.
  2. Add the dry lentils, careful to sort them for debris. I found a stick in mine.
  3. Add the water and all of the seasonings and cover with a lid.
  4. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Check soup, make sure the carrots and potatoes are soft.
  6. Remove the bay leaf and serve.

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Don’t Miss the New Meal Plan

On Saturday I released my new fall plant-based meal plan! It’s more in depth than my normal weekly meal plans and comes with a shopping list and recipe bundle. Since it was just released I’m not sharing a meal plan today.


The new meal plan went out to everyone on my weekly email and I shared it here. If you just pop in on Monday’s I don’t want to you miss it. You can look at my last post or just go to download it now.

It’s hosted on Gumroad so you’ll be redirected there. The meal plan is completely free so just type a zero in the area that says $0+. You’ll get an email with download info. I like that because you can do it if you are on your phone but can’t download the files yet.

You’ll also be signed up to get my weekly plant-based tips! These tips used to come every other week but I’m sharing them weekly now! I think we can all use more help during the holidays.

You don’t need anything special to make this meal plan. There are no Instant Pot or Crock Pot recipes used, but you could use those if you prefer.

I hope this meal plan will help take some of the guess work out of what to eat on a plant-based diet. If you try it, let me know what you think!

Give Me the NEW Plant-Based Fall Meal Plan

NEW Fall Plant-Based Meal Plan + Shopping List

It’s here! The new Fall Plant-Based Meal Plan!

Most weeks I share a free weekly meal plan with you. Every so often, I like to give you a meal plan and shopping list that is ready to print off and take to the store. Don’t worry, it’s still free!

I know how difficult it can be to transition and keep up with healthy eating. I struggle myself, especially when my schedule get’s out of hand.

I always hear such great feedback when I release new meal plans. Sometimes you just need someone to tell you what to do and this meal plan takes the guess work out of eating plant-based.

Fall Plant-Based Meal Plan

New Fall Plant-Based Meal Plan

Not only does this meal plan offer the typical breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas, it comes with a shopping list. I know that shopping lists don’t always work for everyone depending on how many people you shop for. That is why I came up with multiple shopping lists to choose from. Everyone gets the same easy to print menu but you can pick which shopping list is best for you. Choose from:

  • Breakfast Lunch and Dinner for Family of 4
  • Breakfast Lunch and Dinner for Family of 2
  • Breakfast Only Family of 4
  • Dinner Only Family of 4

You’ll also get all the recipes together in one booklet!

Wondering what’s on the new fall meal plan? I’ll give you a sneak peak!


Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Lunch: Veggie Wrap

Dinner: Mexican Casserole


Breakfast: Toast with Peanut (or SoyNut Butter) and fruit

Lunch: Mexican Casserole Burrito

Dinner: Chickpea Noodle Soup

You can get the rest on the meal plan!


If you are on my email list then you got it sent in my Saturday email. If you aren’t on the list don’t worry. Just download your free copy and you’ll be added to my weekly email list. Each week I email plant-based tips to help you on your plant-based journey! If the tips aren’t for you, just unsubscribe any time, no hard feelings.

Take Me To The NEW Plant-Based Fall Meal Plan

Enter a ZERO for the cost and follow the prompts. You’ll get an email with the links to the downloads so you don’t have to be at your computer right at that moment.


Our Fall Family Vacation

I’ve got a brand new fall meal plan for you with shopping lists! The problem is I just got back from a 10 day trip and forgot to get part of it ready for you! Sorry!

Instead I’ll tell you about my trip and give you one more chance to get my OLD Fall Meal Plan before the new one is released this week.

The Meal Plans are a freebie for everyone on my email list. Get my OLD Fall Meal Plan now before it is gone! You’ll also get my NEW Fall Meal Plan that comes with shopping lists as soon as it is ready!

So, where was I for 10 days?

fall break trip

Our Road Trip

My kids get a week off of school for fall break. When I was a stay at home mom this wasn’t a big deal. It meant play dates with friends and staying in our jammies all day. Now that I work full time, it can present a problem.

Instead of using all my vacation time to sit home last week we went on a road trip and drove over 3,000 miles. We had a great time seeing family. The boys met new cousins they never knew they had. They also got to climb trees, play catch for hours, eat, stay in hotels and with family, eat some more, get a surprise visit from their sister, play with dogs and visit the farm. It was a great week!

I almost completely unplugged while on vacation too. I did a little Facebook scrolling here and there and took care of some of my freelance commitments but it didn’t interfere with family time. I read books, sang along to the radio and ate my weight in snacks.

Family, Food and Fun

I have several favorite parts of our trip. Visit with family was the high point. Living far away from family can be hard, I don’t get back to visit as often as I’d like. Whether it was sitting at my mom’s table, my Memaw’s back porch, my dad’s recliner, or all the eating, talking and laughing, being with my family was my favorite.

Another favorite part was seeing my boys play in a whole new way. My kids play outside in our back yard in Arizona but it’s all concrete and rocks. Playing in grassy Oklahoma and Texas was a new experience. They even learned to close the gate, a very important task when there are animals that will get out.

Food was another clear favorite. We took in many of our old favorites and some new finds. I ate anything and everything my Memaw made. At one of our favorite Mexican food restaurants I asked my husband how we could ever leave this place. Who knew Mexican food would be different in Arizona.

We were gone for 10 days but are happy to be home. I really missed my bed and I know the work is piling up for me when I log in.

Now that I’m back I’ll be sharing that new meal plan, a delicious soup recipe and some of my favorite allergy-friendly Halloween treats soon!

September 26, 2016 Meal Plan

When your schedule is crazy and you don’t have time to cook regularly, batch cooking is a great option. Sure, I love my Instant Pot for fast meals but it’s hard to beat assembling food that is already cooked.

When I batch cook, I cook a few foods that I can mix and match together. The most common example in our house is black beans, brown rice and potatoes. We might throw in a pasta to mix it up a bit.

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