Sunday, February 3, 2013

Weekend Fun & Easy & Quick Lentil Veggie Stew

The kid had his first sleepover last night. I can’t believe he is old enough for sleepovers… It went really well, and I learned that some 5-year-olds sleep until 9 a.m.! Our kid, on the other hand, “slept in” until 6:30, which is late for him!



We also went to the Farmers’ Market and picked up lots of fresh veggies and some pretty flowers.


The other day I didn’t have anything for lunch around but needed something quickly. I realized that I had some cooked lentils from TJ’s in the fridge along with carrots and celery. While I prefer to cook lentils myself, the precooked lentils are really convenient for a quick salad or to add to soups.



I decided to make a simple stew. I rinsed the lentils to get rid of some of the salt and the “natural flavor” (not sure how “natural” the flavor really is…).


Lentil Veggie Stew

Ingredients
  • 1 package precooked lentils
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 carrots, chopped
  • 6 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • salt & pepper to taste (about 1/2 tsp salt)
  • curry to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Rice vinegar to taste (I decided to use vinegar instead of lemon juice as originally planned; I like to add about 1/2 Tbs vinegar per big bowl right before serving)
  • Coconut oil
Directions
  1. Heat the coconut oil in a pot and add the onions, carrots, and celery.
  2. After cooking the veggies for about 5 minutes, add curry, Cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper (use less than you think you’ll need; you can always add more at the end). Cook for a few minutes and then add the garlic.
  3. Add the lentils and the vegetable broth to the pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Once the stew boils, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. Once the soup is done and cooled a bit, add the vinegar and any additional spices as needed.

Questions: Do you like lentils? What’s your favorite lentil recipe (feel free to link in the comments)? What’s your favorite lunch? I love soups and stews for lunch. What was the highlight of your weekend?

Be well,
Andrea

24 comments:

  1. I love the curry in here and BEAUTIFUL flowers!!

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  2. I came SO close to buying a bag of lentils at this amish bulk foods place I visited, because I keep meaning to make something with them...but I just don't ever use them. I want to! I will. One day. I just get nervous that Nick won't eat them and then I'll be stuck with a bunch of beans (and you know how beans and I work together!).
    I love that you are now calling "The Toddler" the "kid". He's so cute, and I hope he enjoyed his first sleep over!!

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    1. Lentils are definitely my favorite bean at the moment. Maybe buy/make just a few, especially if they are bulk, to test them out on Nick...

      The boys had a great time! :)

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  3. Looks like a great stew! I love lentils, I always add them to my soups and stews as well.

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    1. Yes, lentils are great to add to all kinds of foods.

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  4. Oh, that looks yum! It makes me feel like cooking up veggie soup right now! And I do get cravings for cooked carrots.

    :-) Marion

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    1. Veggie soups are so convenient to have around...

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  5. Those flowers are gorgeous! I wonder the name of them. The toddler became a kid I see. :)

    The soup looks delicious, a great way to serve something wholesome quick.

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    1. The flowers are a type of narcissus (daffodils).

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  6. Gorgeous flowers! I love how the boxed lentils list one of their three ingredients as "natural flavors" lol :P I keep boxed soups, etc. around for those really busy days - I like how your bulked your up with some veggies! I've been craving soup for lunch lately, so this would be perfect!

    I hope you had a great weekend, Andrea!

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    1. Yup, the "natural flavors" always gets me...

      Have a great week, Jessie!

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  7. Looks delish!!! Boy 6:30 is early!!!!!!! :-)

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    1. Yes 6:30 is early, and that's " sleeping in" for him! :)

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  8. I just made a pot of Dahl yesterday to use some lentils up! Your stew looks comforting, Andrea. Glad the boys enjoyed the sleepover!

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    1. Dahl sounds good! I can't believe we reached the sleepover stage yet...

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  9. That looks good! My youngest doesn't sleep late either...

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    1. My older son always woke up really early until he became a teenager...

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  10. first sleepover! wooo! I wonder what I'd feel when Sofia is big enough for that. anxious mom? :)

    I don't eat lentils often, i probably should. I like it in stew or salad.

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    1. The sleepover was at our house; I'm sure it'll be very strange when he sleeps over somewhere else...

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  11. Oh Andrea, your lentil soup looks great...very nice for this weather...and the flowers are so pretty...
    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Juliana! Enjoy the rest of your week, too!

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  12. So cold here today & this looks perfect! Will you cook for me! ;)

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    1. Sure! :) It was very warming and came together so quickly.

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