January 21, 2015

Red Lentil Stew


I'm a BIG fan of lentils. These little beauties are so nutrient-dense with tons of protein. Red lentils are especially high in protein, with one dry cup carrying an amazing 50 grams! That's incredible to me every time I hear it. Possibly the best part? They're inexpensive. Scratch that. They're downright cheap! I can buy a pound of lentils for well under $2. I'll stop myself from rambling any further - you get it - I love lentils ;) On to ze stew! This is similar to my Lentil Spinach Soup, but I love the addition of sweet potato and making it into a thicker stew, which red lentils are great for. Plus this time I got to use these gorgeous carrots from Trader Joe's! Ah!


Vegan, gluten-free
Serves about 6-8

Ingredients
1 onion
3-4 carrots
1 large sweet potato
3-4 cloves garlic
15 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 heaping cups dry red lentils
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
2 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
Salt to taste
Optional: spinach

Directions
Dice onion and carrot.
In a stockpot over medium heat, saute onion and carrot for about 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, mince garlic and peel and dice sweet potato.
Add cumin, paprika, garlic, and sweet potato to stockpot. Cook 1 minute.
Add diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, water, and lentils. Increase heat to med-high.
When it begins to boil, cover, and reduce heat to low.
Simmer for about 20 minutes or until lentils are cooked. If adding spinach, stir in at the end.

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More lentil love:
Lentil Quinoa Salad

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26 comments:

  1. I do like lentils. They are satisfying and healthy. I love this stew. It looks wonderful. xo Catherine

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    1. Aww thanks so much Catherine! Glad to hear from a fellow lentil fan ;) Hope you enjoy it!

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  2. I love lentils for the same reasons! Definitely one of my favourites. Your colourful carrots are super cute, too.

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    1. Hi Janet! Yay a fellow lentil lover! :) Thanks so much for stopping by!! I seriously couldn't get over the gorgeous colors of the carrots ;)

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  3. those carrots are so pretty! i love lentils too :)

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    1. I was having a little too much fun just admiring their beauty ;)

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  4. I am making this for dinner tonight!

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    1. Yay Sherry! Would love to hear how it goes!! Just had a bowl of leftovers for lunch today :)

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    1. Hi Tina! Yes! I always peel mine - just updated the recipe so that's clear :) Thanks for pointing that out!! Hope you enjoy!

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  6. I just made this tonight for dinner and my boyfriend and I loved it! It was delicious, filling and healthy! I had never cooked with dry lentils before so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I followed the recipe except used an Okinawan sweet potato because I live in Hawaii and they're abundant at the farmers market here (and delicious) and subbed bok choy for spinach just because that's what I had on hand. My boyfriend put some Sriracha in his bowl to give it a little kick. I'll definitely be making this recipe again and trying more of your recipes. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Jessica!! YAY! That's so awesome. Congrats on your first lentil cooking experience! ;) I'm envious of your amazing Hawaiian produce. Hope you enjoy any other recipes you try! Have a great week - soak up some of that beautiful Hawaiian sun for me! :)

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  7. I tried this out today, and loved it! It was simple to prepare, quick to make, and is healthy, to boot! Score #2 from your website, Kaitlin! Thanks. :)

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    1. Hi again James! Aww, yay! Glad you found another recipe to enjoy. Thanks so much for the kind words :) Have a great week!

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  8. Do you need to soak the lentils beforehand?

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    1. Hi Clara! Nope - I just give them a little rinse and toss 'em in :) So easy! Hope you enjoy!

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    2. Thank you! Tried it out and it was deeeelicious!

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  9. Just made this tonight and it is really yummy! Found your site through Pinterest and excited to try other recipes! Thanks! Even my 5 year old son had a few spoonfuls;).

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    1. Hey Tanya! Glad you enjoyed this one, and yay for your little guy having a few bites too!! Hope you guys love any others you try! Thanks for coming back to let me know :)

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  10. This is delicious! I used 2 potatoes, 2 cups of lentils and added several extra carrots (because I had extra) and it turned out amazing :)

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    1. Awesome!! I love your adaptions - so happy it worked out for you!

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  11. I absolutely loved this recipe. Wonderful flavors. So glad I found it and tried it! Thank you for sharing this fabulous dish!

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    1. Hi Lori! Thanks so much for your kind words! Thrilled to hear you enjoyed it :) Wishing you a lovely week!!

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  12. Any suggestions if I want to add meat? I'm thinking chopped "stew" beef and putting it in at the start with the onions?

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