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Quinoa Lentil Vegetable Soup + Charity Water E-Cookbook

I haven’t done nearly as much soup making this fall as I had hoped.  Luckily, there is still an entire winter to make up for it.  Although, it doesn’t really feel like winter around here.  Who else is having unusually warm and dry weather right now?

quinoa lentil vegetable soup + an e-cookbook! | edible perspective

This recipe came about when Dana + John, of Minimalist Baker, asked me to be a part of a blogger e-cookbook for Charity Water. I instantly agreed and started thinking about things I could make. Charity Water is a non-profit group working to bring clean + safe drinking water to developing countries. The work they have done is mind blowing, which I urge you to check out. My husband and a few other friends have worked with similar non-profits for this exact cause and it is something I feel very strongly about supporting.

The idea for the e-cookbook was to keep the focus on water and use at least 1 cup in whatever recipe we submitted.  I instantly thought this was the perfect reason to make a gigantic pot of soup.

quinoa lentil vegetable soup + an e-cookbook! | edible perspective

This soup is chock-full of veggies, both gluten free + vegan, and packed with quinoa and lentils. Sometimes I like a good creamy soup, but sometimes I prefer soup with a lot of texture.

And this is definitely full of hearty texture.  I highly recommend pairing it with a buttery-golden grilled cheese sandwich and putting it on your to-make list this winter along with the other recipes in the book!

quinoa lentil vegetable soup + an e-cookbook! | edible perspective

quinoa lentil vegetable soup + an e-cookbook! | edible perspective

So what will you find in the e-cookbook?

Nine impressive recipes with photos from Dana + John of Minimalist Baker, Kate of Cookie + Kate, Erin of Naturally Ella, Kristin of Iowa Girl Eats, Kelsey of Happyolks, and myself.  I was thrilled to work on a project with this list of extremely talented bloggers.  You’ll find a fun + delicious compilation of recipes from hot chocolate, to soup, to mousse, to pizza, to quinoa salad, and more.

quinoa lentil vegetable soup + an e-cookbook! | edible perspective

The e-cookbook is FREE to download!!! 

You can get yourself a free copy by clicking the link to 1 cup water | a charity:water cookbook.  Donations are incredibly appreciated and can be done by visiting the Charity Water E-Cookbook campaign page.

Thanks so much for checking it out!  And a HUGE thank you to Dana + John for all of their hard work organizing, designing, and executing!


Reader Comments (19)

What a fantastic idea and such a good cause!
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
Very awesome cause, so happy to see a soup recipe from you. I love your soups! But ya, we're getting the same weather here in Montreal. It's so warm I feel more inclined to make salads than soups right now.
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne @ Healthful Pursuit
Love the eBook!!! And that last photo. Incredible. I'm amazed you've crafted such great dishes with all the book stuff going on. I may have said that before, but you're awesome.
What a beautiful soup and congrats on the cookbook!! You know I'm checking that out. :)
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
What a wonderful idea and a comforting soup to go with it!
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbby@The Frosted Vegan
what an excellent idea!
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArlene @ don't eat dirt
I need to check this cookbook out! I want to face plant into that bowl right now!
I love this idea. Thank you for sharing this great organization! Can't wait to check our the ebook.
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @FoodSnobSTL
What an amazing idea! I look forward to reading the cookbook and trying out the sure-to-be fantastic recipes!
@Leanne - Aw, thank you! I'm so glad you enjoy them! I know what you mean about the salads. I've been making way more smoothies than I typically do in nov/dec.

@Ashley - Thank you, my dear! You are pretty awesome yourself!

@Laura - You're welcome!! The recipes all look SO good. I can't wait to try them out myself!
December 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
This looks SO good. I love me a chunky vegetable soup, and the quinoa and lentils add such nutritional value in addition to their texture! Thank you for sharing about Charity Water. Downloading the book right away!!
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
What a great project! Love it. And that soup definitely looks like it's bursting with all the amazing vegetables of winter. :)
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
So happy I could be a part of this cookbook with you! I can't wait to try this soup- I've been a little low on the amount of soups I've been making, I need to kick up my soup production!
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentererin
Those pictures are simply gorgeous.
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKylie @ immaeatthat
@Eileen - Thanks so much!

@Erin - Ditto to that! I was so excited to see the list of who contributed to the book. Such a fun bunch! :)

@Kylie - You are too kind. Thank you!
December 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
What a fantastic idea for a cookbook! I'll certainly have to check it out. This soup looks beautiful - full of flavor and texture, which is a must for me. I still need to chew! I haven't been able to make much soup this season, either, so I'll have to put this on my must-make list
this looks SO good! First tiem in your blog and after doing some browsing I am very intrigued about this e-cookbook
December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaola @gnom-gnom
Is it weird that this soup makes me want to go swimming in it?!
December 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelsey
@Kelsey - Nope, not weird at all. Dive in spoon first!
December 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley

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