Vegetarian Lemon Rice Soup

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Vegetarian Lemon Rice Soup recipe for a warm comforting but also nutrition-rich meal you'll love - it's loaded with vegetables with a fresh lemon taste!

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Vegetarian Lemon Rice Soup

If you’re dieting in the new year, whatever diet you’re following probably has some soup suggestions for you. And you’re probably thinking that soups for weight loss might just be another common factor of fad diets.

But it is so for a reason…it works!

I’m not a dietitian, but I know the contents that go into the soup recipes I make, and I know how full I feel after a serving of soup, whether it’s the main meal or a precursor to dinner. The truth is the composition of soup is mostly liquid which helps you feel fuller faster, thereby reducing your appetite for more food or reducing your caloric intake all together. And when you load that soup up with vegetables, it’s a win/win situation!

Now, it can’t just be broth and vegetables, because it’s just not yummy or sustainable. Instead load it up with vegetables but add a zing of flavor that makes you want more, like in my Vegetarian Lemon Rice Soup.

This Vegetarian Lemon Rice Soup recipe for is a warm comforting but also nutrition-rich meal you'll love - it's loaded with vegetables with a fresh lemony taste!

The zing in the Vegetarian Lemon Rice Soup is the lemon. The lemon is very refreshing and an appetite stimulant (hello diet-friendly soup!), making that zucchini, carrots and celery taste even better. So, I start with 4 simple everyday ingredients: onions, carrots, celery and garlic,

This Vegetarian Lemon Rice Soup recipe for is a warm comforting but also nutrition-rich meal you'll love - it's loaded with vegetables with a fresh lemony taste!

Then I cook the vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper, add the seasoning and the broth and the zucchini with couple bay leaves.

This Vegetarian Lemon Rice Soup recipe for is a warm comforting but also nutrition-rich meal you'll love - it's loaded with vegetables with a fresh lemony taste!

I also try to make my soups hearty by adding some type of grain or carb, in this case short-grain white rice.

You can also add one small potato diced up really small to bulk up the soup and make it more filling, if you’d like, but it’s not necessary. I’m calling it a vegetarian soup, but it’s also vegan and uses simple everyday ingredients you can easily whip up.

What I like to do is make a huge pot and enjoy it for lunch 3 times during the week and freeze the rest for a mighty snowy day!

This Vegetarian Lemon Rice Soup recipe for is a warm comforting but also nutrition-rich meal you'll love - it's loaded with vegetables with a fresh lemony taste!

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, halved lengthwise and finely sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Β½ tsp dried oregano
  • 32 oz low-sodium vegetable broth (I like Pacific)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 zucchini, small diced
  • 1/2 cup short-grain rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes until vegetables are soft.
  2. Add the oregano, salt and pepper and stir.
  3. Pour the vegetable broth and water and bring to a boil.
  4. Stir in the zucchini, rice and bay leaf. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 20 minutes until rice is fluffy and cooked through.
  5. Reduce heat to low and stir in as much of the lemon juice as you'd like.

Comments

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    Marla
    March 7, 2018 at 10:35 am

    I just love this recipe! It is one of my favorites and I’ve made it many times. I recently purchased an instant pot and was wondering if it could be adapted to be made in there. Any thoughts?

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      Yumna Jawad
      March 12, 2018 at 9:47 am

      Hi Marla – So glad to hear you’ve made this recipe so many times! Yes, you an definitely make this in the Instant Pot. My recommendation would be to sautee the onions and garlic with olive oil first, then add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine and then cook on the soup setting for 15 minutes. Hope that helps!

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    brenda
    February 26, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    This soup recipe is wonderful, fast easy and sooo tasty . Also you probably have all the ingredients already. i used French beans instead of zucchini cos that’s what i had. Thank You

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      Yumna Jawad
      February 27, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you so much Brenda! So glad to hear you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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    Amy C
    February 22, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Very very good soup. My 9 year old recently decided to go vegan so I’ve been scrambling for recipes which make the whole family happy because not everyone in my family appreciates vegan meals. Success. My family gobbled it down and I have barely any leftover. Going to make another batch today.

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      Yumna Jawad
      February 22, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      Yay! I love to hear that! Thanks so much! You should try the vegan sweet potato chili next…yum!!

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    Anita
    February 8, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Looking forward to making this soup and being on your email mailing list for more exciting recipes! TY

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      February 8, 2018 at 11:54 am

      So glad to hear that Anita! Hope you love the soup and the other recipes too! πŸ™‚

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    Maya Mortada
    February 4, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Can’t believe I never noticed this recipe on your site. Will try to make it this week, but will add some shredded chicken breast as well.

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      Yumna Jawad
      February 4, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Oh yea, this is one of my favorites ever! I hope you love it! πŸ™‚

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    Merry Tillman
    January 31, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Oh my this is yummy soup…hubs had three bowls. I used leftover cooked brown rice, parsley & the zest of two lemons I juiced for addition before serving. Will be a favorite go-to for us…thank you!

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      Yumna Jawad
      February 1, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Thank you so much Merry! And I love that you used brown rice with it and extra lemon zest…yum!!

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    Merry Tillman
    January 31, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Oh my this soup is tasty…my hubs had three bowls! I used leftover cooked brown rice…and the zest of the two lemons I juiced…this will be a go-to recipe for sure! Thank you!

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    Amit
    January 29, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Can we skip broth or replace it with some thing home made?

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      Yumna Jawad
      January 29, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Yes, absolutely, you can use water or homemade broth πŸ™‚

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    Rania
    January 27, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Made a double batch today so I can freeze some… It’s so yummy. Healthy and filling.

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      Yumna Jawad
      January 28, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Yay! So happy to hear that πŸ™‚ Thank you!

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    Ellie Zurbuchen
    January 26, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Could you add tofu to this recipe?

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      Yumna Jawad
      January 26, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      Hi Ellie – Yes, absolutely, you can add tofu if you’d like. Just add it when you add in the rice so it softens up and add an extra 1/4 to 1/2 cup of broth or water. Hope you love it!

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    Amal mackie
    January 20, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Full of flavor & healthy

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    Donna
    January 4, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I added one can of diced tomatoes and some basil. Mmmmmm

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      Yumna Jawad
      January 4, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      Ohhhh I love that update! YUM!

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    Carla
    January 4, 2018 at 12:54 am

    I know it says vegetarian but do you have this recipe with chicken?

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    Bernadette
    November 22, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I’m always short on time so I’m wondering if it would be adaptable to a slow cooker? I’m thinking of slightly frying the onions celery garlic and carrots to bring out the flavour and then throwing everything into the pot on low. Just have to add lemon and serve. What do you think?

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      Yumna Jawad
      November 25, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Sorry for the late reply, but I think you can definitely do this in the slow cooker and then just add the lemons when you’re ready to serve. Hope it turns out awesome!

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    Tiffany
    October 7, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Hello! Do you have the nutrition information for this recipe?

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      Yumna Jawad
      October 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      I just updated the recipe to include it. Sorry when I migrated to the new design, a lot of my nutrition information didn’t migrate over. Hope you like the recipe!

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    Cathy
    September 17, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    What exactly did you use for the “small green squash”? Zucchini?

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      Yumna Jawad
      September 17, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Yes, sorry I should have just called it zucchini. I just updated the recipe to say that. Thank you. Hope you try it and love it!

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        Cathy
        September 17, 2017 at 9:34 pm

        Thank you for the quick reply! I am excited to make this!

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    Greta Gildenstone
    January 13, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Just tried this recipe and oh my goodness did it deliver! It was good to the last scoop! So flavorful, hearty and filling without any of the guilt! Can’t wait to try your other recipes. Who knew eating clean could be so delicious!

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      Yumna
      January 13, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      Wow So glad to hear that!! You make me want to cook up another batch of it! hahah.. Thank you!

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    Kiran Samad
    January 10, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    great recipe..trying it today Yumna.

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      Yumna
      January 10, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Awesome!! Hope you love it! πŸ™‚

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    rcze91
    January 7, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Yay! This sounds amazing! Thank youuuuu! Love following your snapchat!

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      Yumna
      January 8, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Yay! You’ve come over from Snapchat!So glad you enjoy my snapchat. πŸ™‚

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