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Lentil Stew Redux

This was originally going to be cooked in the crockpot all day EXCEPT I forgot to turn the crockpot on before I left to see my first patient of the day! OOOOPSIE! However, I arrived home in time to discover my error, and cooked this up on the stove in my stockpot. (whew) It is savory, and you can change up the vegetables you use. I chose carrots and potatoes because that’s what I had and I knew they would bring some color and flavor to the lentils. Lentils can thicken up quickly. Be prepared to add in some of the vegetable broth towards the end of cooking to balance the thickness and flavor. This dish is based on a recipe from Betty Crocker.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 pound green lentils
1 pound red lentils
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
3 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 pint canned tomatoes, chopped (with juice)
1 – 6 oz can tomato paste
3 – 32 oz packages, vegetable broth (hold one in reserve to use during cooking)
4 garlic cloves, minced
SPICES (to taste): salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, curry powder

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Lightly spray your crockpot with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare the root vegetables. Place in crockpot.
  3. Lightly sauté the onions and garlic in a small non-stick pan. You can use olive oil or cooking spray. Set aside to cool.
  4. Thoroughly rinse the lentils. DO NOT skip this step! Even the most expensive brands can have little pebbles or chaff in the package. Drain thoroughly and check for inedible bits. Put rinsed lentils in crockpot.
  5. Add in onion and garlic.
  6. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and 2 packages of vegetable broth and stir well. Keep one package in reserve.
  7. Add spices. I tend to go light on the salt and the paprika and use more of the savory herbs. Start with about 1 teaspoon of cumin and curry powder, and adjust seasonings about 30 minutes before you plan to serve.
  8. TURN ON THE CROCKPOT. (sigh) Low for 6-8 hours; High for 4-6 hours. It’s recommended that you cook this while someone is around to stir it occasionally and add extra vegetable broth if needed.
  9. Enjoy with pitas, hummus and lots of friends.
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Wife, mom, sister, pastor, chaplain, friend and Buckeye. I Yam what I Yam. Frequently imperfect, completely loved, and grateful.

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This entry was posted on April 13, 2017 by in crockpot, Food for a crowd, vegan, vegetarian, wisdom teeth and tagged , .
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