Vegetable Lentil Stew Recipe
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Vegetable Lentil Stew Recipe

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This delicious stew is nothing but good for you! The chunky mixture, seasoned with chili powder and cumin, is chock-full of hearty beans, lentils and other veggies. Steaming bowls of it make a warm and satisfying supper. -Vi Toews, Bluffton, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:13 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 13 servings


  • 4 cups reduced-sodium V8 or tomato juice
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 216 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 392mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 12g fiber), 12g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 meat.


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the first 15 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until lentils and vegetables are tender.
  2. Stir in spinach; heat through. Combine topping ingredients; dollop about 1 tablespoon on each serving. Yield: 13 servings.
Originally published as Vegetable Lentil Stew in Quick Cooking May/June 2000, p29

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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s_pants User ID: 174050 52493
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"I don't particularly like vegetarian meals like this, but this was really good with excellent flavor."

Cheese lover User ID: 5855031 78714
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"I have been making this vegetable lentil stew for over 10 years and I love this comfort food. It is so satisfying and filling that your family will not miss meat in this recipe. I add more chili powder and cumin as we like it a bit more spicy, and I serve it with homemade oat dinner rolls. I believe this recipe is also on this website."

joedebfry User ID: 265172 75524
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"Simple. healthy. Delicious. When I brought it to work for lunch, a co-worker smelled it coming out of the microwave and asked for the recipe. I'll add a little more spice next time."

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