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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Lentil Stew. {The Kind Diet}

This stuff is really, really good. So simple and so filling. From the ingredients you wouldn't think it was anything spectacular... but it's scrumpy. First time I made it I pureed it... because my kids always eat better when they don't know everything they're eating. Next time I didn't, they ate, and I liked the way it tasted better. It's from The Kind Diet. It works awesome in the crockpot too! I usually amp up the spices and veggies... and love using sweet potato instead of regular.... and added kale.

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons olive oil {i omit and steam-fry}
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 large onions, cut into chunks
2 celery stalks, diced
1 carrot, sliced
1 potato or sweet potato*, cut into chunks
1/4 cup shoyu
5 cups vegetable broth
3 tomatoes, cored and cut into chunks
1 1/2 cups brown lentils
5 big leaves of kale*, chopped
2 slices of your favorite bread, cubed
extra-virgin olive oil {i omit}

Combine the garlic powder, paprika, salt, cumin, oregano, and basil in a small bowl. Heat the oil {i omit the oil and just add a little water on the bottom of the pan to steam-fry} in a large soup pot (you'll be adding a lot of liquid later, so make sure it's big enough) over medium-high heat, and add the garlic, onion, celery, carrot, and potato. Stir in half the seasoning mixture and the shoyu. Cook, stirring frequently, for 7 minutes or until the onions are tender.

Add 5 cups of water, the broth, tomatoes, and lentils. Bring to boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid askew for 30 minutes. Add the remaining seasoning mixture, and cook for 20 minutes longer or until the lentils are soft. Meanwhile, pan-roast the cubed bread in a dry skillet until nice and toasted. Ladle stew into the bowls, and garnish with croutons and a drizzle of olive oil {i omit the drizzle... and usually don't cook the croutons}.

*my additions

The Kind Diet - Alicia Silverstone

1 comment:

  1. I would love to sit down and pick your brain about healthy eating. Do you guys eat eggs or fish? Why did you decide not to eat any oil? I would love to see your weekly meal plans again. I get so overwhelmed with what to make sometimes....partly because I have a extremely picky husband who is on the total end of the spectrum and has no desire to eat healthy. The other part being we have twins now! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes! We love us some chocolate balls and cashew cream, etc. Can't wait to try more of your yummy recipes!


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