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Spinach Lentil Stew Recipe
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Spinach Lentil Stew Recipe

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When my children requested more vegetarian dishes, this chunky stew became a favorite. Red wine vinegar perks up the flavor and carrots add color. We like to ladle helpings over cooked rice. —Alice McEachern of Surrey, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable or chicken bouillon granules
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1-1/4 cups) equals 168 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 1,123 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 10 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the water, lentils, bouillon, Worcestershire sauce, salt, thyme, pepper and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Add the carrots, tomatoes and spinach; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15-20 minutes longer or until lentils are tender. Stir in vinegar. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Spinach Lentil Stew in Light & Tasty August/September 2003, p39

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1-1/4 cups) equals 168 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 1,123 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 10 g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

Delicious stew for a cold night in December. My husband went back for thirds! I used Korrs vegetable bouillion cubes and fresh spinach just at the end. I forgot the red wine vinegar but didn't miss it. Also I doubled the recipe, and I added an extra cup of lentils to make it thicker. Thank you for the great recipe!

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Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012

This lentil soup is hardy and satisfying without being high in calories! I added celery and turkey keilbasa sausage. My picky 15 month old even loved it!

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Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

Delicious, full of body and flavor. I'm the only vegetarian in my family so am always looking for recipes that will satisfy me and my family, and this one fit the bill perfectly. I'll definitely make it again!

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Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

I get so bored with lentils (we eat them a lot) and I do not like frozen spinach at all, but this stew was delicious! The portions were very large and the recipe is wonderful. Thanks for sharing it!

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Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

My daughter-in-law is a vegetarian and I'm always looking for recipes that everyone will like. I made this stew and everyone raved about it! Definitely will make this again!

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