Spicy Tomato Red Lentil Soup and a BowlOvers Giveaway

Being a skint student means I hate waste. Unfortunately, I’m so much more of a baker than I am a cook and whilst I can cook,  I’ve still not quite grasped portion control.

This soup made 5 large bowls. For 2 of us. 



Just freeze it I here you cry! Well I could, if I didn’t live in a house with 20 other people and only 3 freezers. Trying to find a bag of frozen peas is like a mission through the arctic. I know that I am the only person out of everyone reading this that will live in a house with 20 other people, but don’t pretend like your freezer situation is perfect. When I lived at home with my mum she had so many frozen meals, deals and food gifts that I had exactly the same situation. 



You might say ‘just eat it the next day’. That seems reasonable. This soup was really tasty and I’d happily eat it a few days in a row. I’ll just find some tupperware.  5 minutes later and I’ve got 3 lids and 4 boxes, none of which match. All my matching ones are in the freezer! You might have a perfectly organised freezer and organised tupperware drawer (I don’t have one of these by the way, but I imagine people having a whole drawer just for tupperware), but I’d hazard a guess more of you than would like to admit don’t.




Well deal with it. I just wanted a rant.

Only joking. I totally have the solution! BowlOvers. I was recently sent a pack of 6 gorgeously designed reusable bowl covers, and guys, I’m in love. Just look how cute they are! Who could say no?



Don’t like these ones? Well they have them in different designs, such as gingham and special festive ones (who doesn’t have too much food at Christmas!?)

They are so much easier to use than cling film which continually leaves me wrapped up in it or yelling at the roll because I can’t find the end (please tell me it’s not just me?) or tinfoil which is expensive and rips. Not only that it’s much better for the environment. Use your existing bowls and pans and use BowlOvers to cover them. I did a bit of a test and they fit square, oval and round bowls. They fit my pans and casserole dishes too. Foodies and food bloggers. Guess what? The big one fits your Kitchenaid Mixer bowl! Yayyy. In 3 different sizes, they fit most things!



You want some now don’t you? Well guess what? The lovely people from BowlOvers are giving away 3 packs to my lovely readers!  Sadly this is only open to people  in the UK.  But don’t fear, BowlOvers are available in the UK and the US if you want to buy some. 

You can find the recipe for the yummy soup I made too much of below the Giveaway App. You can cut down the recipe, feed a whole family, or use your new BowlOvers if you win!

Spicy Tomato and Red Lentil Soup
Serves 5
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  1. 2 Medium Onions (Diced)
  2. 3 Carrots (Diced)
  3. 3 Cloves of Garlic (Peeled and Crushed)
  4. 1Tbsp Chilli Powder
  5. 1Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  6. 1Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  7. 100g Red Lentils (Washed)
  8. 2 Vegetable Stock Cubes (Made up to 1.75l with boiling water)
  9. 4 Tbsp Tomato Puree
  10. 2 400g Cans of Chopped Tomatoes
  1. Heat low fat cooking spray or olive oil in a large pan and add onion onion and carrot. Cook on a medium heat for about 5 minutes until softened.
  2. Add garlic and spices and cook for a further 5 minutes until beginning to brown.
  3. Add the lentils, stock, tomatoes and tomato puree and simmer on a low/medium heat for around 20 minutes until the lentils have cooked.
  4. Blend the soup using a hand blender until smooth. Serve with soured cream or rosemary to garnish.
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  1. says

    My god, I always have the exact same problem, I’m so bad at portion control! I once made a roast dinner worthy of about 12 people for 5 of us. And it was like… my god! Why?! I’ve become my nan! Great recipe though, I love the colours of this dish. Perfect. :) In answer to your question, i ALWAYS make too much chilli. We’ll be eating it for days afterwards!
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  2. Jordan D says

    I always make too much turkey white bean chili and pulled pork, but it’s intentional! It freezes really well!

  3. says

    I always make too much mashed potato… I can never judge how many potatoes to peel and always go overboard; I love mash though so it’s fine! These bowl overs look so useful! Such a good idea and so cute.


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