Wednesday, September 1, 2010

More Veggies: Vegetable Lentil Stew

As I mentioned before, we are trying to eat more veggies after several weeks of indulging a bit too much. We have been eating lots of salads, so I thought I’d mix things up a bit and made a vegetable stew. I love making a big pot of stew - enough for dinner, leftovers for the next night, and enough for lunches and “mini meals.” I even froze a few individual portions. I haven’t frozen this dish before, so I’m not sure how it’ll hold up. But I’m not that picky when it comes to textures, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy the defrosted leftovers soon. There is nothing better than eating your own “frozen meal” when you are hungry and there is nothing to eat… 

Having veggie soup or a veggie stew in the fridge is a sure way for all of us to get our veggies. I added lentils to the stew to add some protein and heft.

  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Crushed tomatoes (I used Pomi)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dill
  • Lentils (I used precooked lentils from Trader Joe’s)
  • Garlic (not shown above)
  • Organic ketchup (not shown above)
  • 1 – 2 cups of water
I love Pomi crushed tomatoes. They taste great, and the package includes nothing but tomatoes.

I also used precooked lentils. While I prefer to cook my own lentils, having some precooked lentils around is very convenient. One reason I prefer cooking my own lentils is that the precooked ones contain quite a bit of sodium. I always rinse them very well in the hopes to get rid of some of the sodium. Not sure how much sodium I’m able to wash away…

  1. Sautee diced onion in olive oil. After sautéing the onions for a few minutes, add minced garlic (about 3 – 4 cloves).
  2. Add carrots, cut into rounds, to the pot and sauté a few minutes.
  3. Next, add diced celery, crushed tomatoes, and water to the pot and cook for about 12 – 15 minutes, until carrots start to soften.
  4. In the meantime, rinse lentils well. Add lentils and diced zucchini to the pot and cook another 5 - 10 minutes, until all vegetables are soft but not mushy.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, dill (I used about 2 tablespoons dried dill) and organic ketchup (2-4 tablespoons).
  6. Serve over cooked quinoa or brown rice. Or you can add more liquid and eat the dish as a soup.
  7. Enjoy!

Questions: What are your favorite vegetables? I love corn, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, green beans, cabbage… Yes, the list is long, and I’m sure I forgot some of my favorites… What’s your favorite way to eat vegetables? I love salads, vegetable stews and soups, as well as roasted veggies. I’m actually really looking forward to lots of roasted veggies in the fall and winter…

Be well,


  1. A veggie stew sounds like a great change from salads, especially as we move into Fall. That's a great idea to freeze the leftovers for future meals - easy and healthy and delicious! Where do you get the Pomi tomatoes? My husband and I have been looking for low- or no-sodium canned tomatoes for a long time, with no success. Those look like they would be perfect!

    I love every single vegetable ... except celery. I love them roasted, in salads, every which way :)

  2. It's totally becoming stew weather. I love it. Even when I make it traditional style for the boys, I add in extra veggies.

    and I never met a veggie that I didn't like! (I have some I like better than others, but rarely do I turn my nose at one)


  3. Oooh, yum! I'll have to try those steamed lentils from TJ's! And this stew!

    I really love all veggies, except for beets. I have tried to like them, but they just taste like "earth" to me! My favorite way to eat veg is roasted, too!

  4. @Jessie: I bought the tomatoes at Cost Plus World Market.

  5. Yum. I love fall so I can start making soups, stews, and roasting veggies. This looks wonderful.

  6. oh that stew looks amazing!

  7. That stew looks delicious!
    I love eating my veggies as salads or grilled! yum!

  8. I've never used lentils - this looks great though!

    I love mine raw in salads or sauted in some olive oil/sea salt as sides - particularly MUSHROOMS!

  9. Anonymous9/01/2010

    A wonderful nutritious stew - I love all the delicious veggies in it!

  10. The tomatoes packaged like that and the pre-cooked lentils are both new to me. I will definitely look for them. I am sad to see the end of the growing season rapidly approaching here. But the orchards are buzzing with activity and we are taking off in that direction for now. I have also ordered a fabulous sampler of teas from Golden Moon Teas and can't wait to try some new flavors.

  11. Your stew looks amazing and something that I would enjoy eating. I like you, enjoy most veggies. fresh in a salad, steamed or oven roasted, really serve them up and I shall eat them!

  12. Anonymous9/01/2010

    Oh I am totally in love with sweet potatoes.

  13. stewed lentils are a staple in our home ...specially in as it starts to grow colder in the year

  14. This stew sounds wonderful! I think soups and stews are a great way to get in those extra veggies, because you can add as many as you want! I also prefer pre-cooked beans, of all types. They are just as healthy as the dry beans (once you drain and rinse them) and they are just so much more convenient.

    Favorite veggies: Sweet potatoes, cooked carrots, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, and broccoli!

  15. Is that dill? Oh, yes it is. I've been snacking on sugar snap peas the past few days. I even go my 4 year old to try then enough times that he likes them now.

    I seem to do better with fresh veggies, but i love the taste of cooked, thanks for another great recipe. I never know how to use dill.

  16. What a lovely stew. There are few vegetables that I don't like but I'm especially fond of snap peas and beets. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  17. ooohhh this looks so good! and i have to agree with the Pomi tomatoes - they are like the only brand without any added preservatives or anything like that, which i love! and i totally feel you on upping the veggie fries at lunch certainly don't count.

    have a fabulous evening and rest of your week andrea!

    p.s. my fave veggies are cauliflower, beets, sweet potatoes and asparagus!!!!

  18. Anonymous9/01/2010

    my fave veggies are bitter melon (love love love it), cabbage (can eat it 7 days in a row!), corn, brussel sprouts (plain steamed or boiled), kale, leeks, asparagus, broccoli (even raw), radish (korean / vietnamese way of prep) many more. I love veggies!!!!

  19. Anonymous9/01/2010

    just curious: Korey eats ALL of your veggie meals?

  20. I like what you've there especially that packet of chopped tomatoes! hehe.. Lovely! Hope you're having a fabulous day.
    Blessings, kristy

  21. Looks really good. Great way to get more veggies in the diet. I love most veggies, but broccoli is probably my favorite. I like lightly steamed veggies, still crunchy and not mushy. I am for some reason not a fan of some veggies in the raw form.

  22. I love lentil stew. It's a fall favorite. I really like adding mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots, and tons of celery. Looks great!

  23. Looks fabulous!
    My favorite veggies are: butternut squash, eggplant, fresh green beans, zucchini, and arugula. Favorite way to eat them is grilled outside.
    Happy eating!

  24. The weather has been getting colder, esp in the nights. As much as I hate cold weather, I look forward to digging into hearty stews like this! Nothing like it!

  25. hey!! you have a wonderful blog. thanks for sharing your weight lost progress here. keep it up and never give up. you can do it.

  26. I really like veggie stew. I usually throw a can or 2 of beans in as well. I like the lentil idea.

    My fave veg would have to be asparagus, when in season...