Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lentil & Veggies Stew

The weather finally turned a little cooler here in Florida and I have a shelf full of dried beans. The college I work at has been closed for the "Winter Holidays" and there were lots of Christmas things left to do. So I decided a pot of stew or soup would come in handy for a quick dinner. I based this recipe on the one I saw "1 Million Veggies" Lentil Stew.  This is one filling stew, I served it with a slice of cheese (Diaya) toast. Yum!
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • olive oil 
  • 1 large green bell peppers, diced
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 (8-oz.) packages baby bella mushrooms, sliced 
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/3 cup dry lentils
  • 1 1/2 cups no-chicken chicken stock
  • 2 (15-oz.) cans petite-diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (5-oz) bag baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 tbsp grated lemon zest (important)

Heat a large soup pot, then add some olive oil (about 2 teaspoons) and onion. Sauté 5 minutes, until onions begin to brown. 

Add the garlic, peppers, carrots, and celery, and cook 5 more minutes. 

Then add everything else up to the cumin, and cook 15 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. 

Now add all but the spinach and lemon zest. Cover and cook on low until the lentils are soft and have absorbed most of the liquid– it takes about an hour on the stovetop. 

Add spinach and lemon at the very end, and cook 2-3 minutes until the spinach wilts.



  1. Replies
    1. Talya,
      Thanks for dropping by... I hope you'll give this a try. It was awesome.
      Happy New Year

  2. Gorgeous, and perfect for January - healthy yet hearty!

    1. Hi Becca,
      Thanks for stopping by my kitchen and for the compliment. It sure was yummy!

  3. I read "Lentils" on the title and I HAD to take a look! Lentils are my FAVORITE type of legume and have been for as long as I can remember. I've made some very similar to this recipe, except I didn't add mushrooms.

    1. Adi, we like mushrooms and that they made a big difference, lots of toothyness to this dish. But I'm sure if you don't care for mushrooms you could just leave them out. You could also use a mix instead of all baby bellas. Thanks for stopping by again.
      Happy New Year!