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Lentil Stew Recipes: Easy, Healthy, & Hearty

Updated on October 10, 2007

Love Your Body, Love Those Lentils

When the cold weather hits, I tend to make lentils at least once a week for dinner. Here are a few of the many benefits of lentils:

Each 1/2 cup contains 5-6 grams of fiber. Servings are high in protein and iron (great for those of us who are vegetarians).

 

Remember that you don't need to soak lentils, but you must rinse and sort through them. You wouldn't want a pebble showing up in your lentil stew!

Lentil Curry Stew

The best part about this recipe is that you can interchange the vegetables depending on what you have in your kitchen.

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I decided to start this stew out with broth, but added water later.Bring the broth to a boil before adding the other ingredients.Reduce the heat, then add the other ingredients.  I used celery and onions for this.Cover, and simmer.  Stir every 10 minutes, adding water or broth as needed.After thirty minutes, stir in spices.  Then, cook until lentils are tender.
I decided to start this stew out with broth, but added water later.
I decided to start this stew out with broth, but added water later.
Bring the broth to a boil before adding the other ingredients.
Bring the broth to a boil before adding the other ingredients.
Reduce the heat, then add the other ingredients.  I used celery and onions for this.
Reduce the heat, then add the other ingredients. I used celery and onions for this.
Cover, and simmer.  Stir every 10 minutes, adding water or broth as needed.
Cover, and simmer. Stir every 10 minutes, adding water or broth as needed.
After thirty minutes, stir in spices.  Then, cook until lentils are tender.
After thirty minutes, stir in spices. Then, cook until lentils are tender.

Serves Four to Six

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup clean lentils
  • 1 cup rice (uncooked)
  • 1 cup water or broth

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can low-sodium, diced tomatoes
  • diced vegetables (try a 2 carrots or an eggplant or 3 stalks of celery and 1 red pepper or a potato, wedge of cabbage, and a parsnip--the opportunities are endless)

  • 2 tsp. curry powder, or to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine water and lentils in a large pot on medium heat.
  2. After the water boils, reduce heat and stir in tomatoes, rice, onion, garlic, and vegetables.
  3. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir every 10-15 minutes, adding more water as necessary (you want the liquid to absorb, but need to keep adding it until lentils and rice are tender).
  4. After the first 30 minutes, stir in the curry, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 30 minutes, or until the lentils are to your liking.

Spicey Lentil Stew

This is great served with a dollop of sour cream mixed into each bowl--yum! I've also taken leftovers and wrapped them in a whole wheat tortilla for a lentil wrap.

Serves Four to Six

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • 1 can low-sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 bell pepper (or a few spicy peppers), diced

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. chili powder, or to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine broth and lentils in a large pot on medium heat.
  2. After the broth and lentils boil, reduce the heat. Add the tomatoes, rice, onion, garlic, and vegetables.
  3. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir every 10-15 minutes, adding more water as necessary (you want the liquid to absorb, but need to keep adding it until lentils and rice are tender).
  4. After the first 30 minutes, stir in the chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 30 minutes, or until the lentils are to your liking.

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    • Hendrika profile image

      Hendrika 

      6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I have to learn to cook more meat free meals and I am sure these lentil recipes are a good way to start exploring.

    • adrienne2 profile image

      Adrienne F Manson 

      6 years ago from Atlanta

      Hey Stacie, I love lentils! Have not had them in ages. Really appreciate your sharing this recipe with the HP community. This one is on the top of my list to make, can't wait to try it. Voted up and useful!

    • Brian Burton profile image

      Brian Burton 

      6 years ago

      Wife is a vegetarian and I'm an aspiring one. Great recipe. Thank you. Voted up and useful.

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