Lentil Stew: Rich, Satisfying and Filling

Gluten-free Lentil Stew

 Gluten-Free Lentil Stew:

Rich, Satisfying and Filling

 

Now that winter in upon us, soups and stews are great for filling us with wonderful comfort.

There’s nothing better than a rich satisfying meal – that is also full of nutrition.

 

Don’t you just love cooking smells filling your home?

 

This is one of those recipes that envelopes your home with great flavors. The best part – soups and stews are SO easy to make!  Put it together and let it simmer for a long while.  Complete your tasks about the house and enjoy the comforting smells until it’s time to eat!

 

This is the perfect weeknight dinner.  Make it ahead and dinner will be on the table in just a few minutes.

(This recipe is also dairy free and corn free)

 

Our Delicious Gluten-Free Lentil Stew

 

Lentil Stew: Rich, Satisfying and Filling

This recipe is easy and delicious - perfect to warm you up on a chilly night.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dry lentils
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ½ red pepper, sliced
  • 2 sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 t. coriander
  • ¾ t. cinnamon
  • ½ t. turmeric
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 8 oz. organic chicken or veggie stock
  • 3-4 cups of water
  • 1-2 T olive oil

Instructions

  • Measure and rinse the lentils well. Pick out any unwanted beans. Note: You can soak the lentils overnight for better digestion).
  • Peel and slice the carrots. Dice the onion, red pepper and sweet potato.
  • Drizzle olive oil in a large soup pot.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet or pan. Add onion and cook a few minutes.
  • Add carrots and cook about 5 minutes.
  • Toss in the red pepper and cook about three more minutes.
  • Add the lentils and spices to the pan. Stir to combine.
  • Pour in the chicken stock (or your choice of broth) and about 3 cups of water.
  • Bring to a boil. Then simmer about 30 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Add more water if you want to thin the stew out a little. You can also let it simmer longer to have the flavors really come together - about 2-3 hours, making sure you are stirring occasionally and checking for water additions when needed.
  • Add a handful of spinach about 5 minutes before serving for an additional nutritional kick. Or, serve over sautéed spinach.
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Gather all of your ingredients and be ready to fill your house with the delicious smell of your stew!

You can soak the lentils overnight for better digestion.  Rinse well before using.

Peel and slice the carrots. Dice the onion, pepper and sweet potatoes.

Drizzle olive oil in a large soup pot. Heat oil on medium heat and add onion, cooking down a few minutes.  Add carrots and cook about 5 minutes until they start to soften.  Toss in the red pepper and cook about three minutes.

Add lentils and spices and stir to combine the flavors.  Pour in the chicken stock and about 3 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then simmer about 30 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally.

Add more water if you want to thin it out a little.  You can also let it simmer longer to have the flavors really come together – about 2-3 hours, making sure you are stirring occasionally and checking for water additions.)

You can add a handful of spinach about 5 minutes before serving for an additional nutritional kick.

 

Ready to Serve

 

Serve with your favorite bread or veggie muffins, carrot and zucchini are our favorites!  Or, serve over brown rice, quinoa, spinach or your favorite greens.  Chopped parsley or sliced avocado on top adds a delicious touch.

 

Busy Mom Tip:

This is a great recipe to double.  Freeze the second batch and you have an instant meal on a very busy night!  For families with food allergies, this is a great meal to take on a trip as it travels well.  You can still eat well on the road.

Of course, this makes great leftovers for lunch the next day!

What is your favorite soup or stew this winter?

 

 

Disclaimer: The views shared here are in no means meant to replace that of your doctor. I am a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, here to encourage, support and inform you on living gluten-free.  I am not a doctor and do not diagnose, treat, prevent or cure.  Always seek the advice of your own Medical Provider regarding any questions or concerns you have about your specific health, or any medications. The information shared is for educational purposes only and is not allowed to be reproduced, replicated or sold.

 

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