Hi lovely people,

Sunday was made for crockpot recipes, especially Sundays that usher in a cold week. I want to share one of my favorite recipes with you, crockpot lentil stew. It’s healthy, vegan, economical and delicious!

2014-03-16 17.55.05Ingredients

  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 cup of red lentils
  • 16 oz. vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced into larger pieces
  • 1 celery stalk, diced into large pieces
  • 4 or 5 red potatoes, diced into large pieces
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely diced
  • 1, 28 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can of cannellini beans, rinsed (or any kind of your choice)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I usually add a bit more than this)

Directions

Obviously, throw all of the ingredients in the crockpot. Make sure you sort and rise your lentils well, as they are usually very dusty and could contain some extraneous pebbles or other debris. I used a mix of green and red lentils, but you can use two cups of one kind or whatever mixture you fancy. Also this ends up pretty spicy; if you want it milder leave out the jalapeño.

Cook on low for 8 or 9 hours. If the carrots and potatoes are still too crunchy for you, give it another hour or two on high.

This recipe is great because its a nice base for other vegetables or spice blends if you want to change things up. It’s warm, filling and full of protein thanks to the lentils. Lentils are a big “bang for your buck” kind of food, as they’re really inexpensive and full of nutrition. They are low fat while still being full of protein, fiber, folate, iron, and plant sterols (these help reduce cholesterol levels). I think they’re underutilized in western cooking. As is turmeric, a spice known for its liver detoxing qualities!

A meal like this lasts me all week, is easy to take to work, and is way more satisfying than a salad when it’s freezing out. Don’t get me wrong, I love salads, but lately I’m trying to stay warm any way I can. We’re ready for you spring!

Until next time,

♥ Stephanie