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now-that-you-know-what-a-lentil-is recipe | Lentil Stew

I posted this morning on “What the heck is a LENTIL?” because I didn’t know and the info on the bag scared me!  So, I figured if it was new to me, it might be new to you and I’d share. I also put in that post that my PICKY hubby said “I like lentils” after eating this stew. *grin-from-ear-to-ear* And, he said “thanks for keeping me healthy.”  *heart melting*  That’s what the woman of the house is supposed to do, right?!  So, check it out.  It worked. As I type this my Beef Stew made w/ red wine (I know, right?!) is ready and the timer is beeping…must run!

I doubled this recipe. Maybe not my smartest moment after choosing the pot I did. BUT, it worked out!! [I definitely had a vision of having to transfer it half-way through into a larger pot….what a disaster! crisis averted!]


  • 1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef or turkey
  • 46-oz can low-sodium tomato or V8 juice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (I used WAY more than this!)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Brown ground beef in a large soup kettle, then drain.
  • Add tomato juice and water; bring to boil.
  • Add lentils, carrots, celery, cabbage, onion, salt, black and cayenne peppers, and bay leaf.
  • Return to boil; reduce heat and simmer 1.5 – 2 hours or until lentils are just tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove bay leaf and discard.  Serve in individual bowls with cheese sprinkled on top.

Nutrition Facts (Serves 6)

  • 256 calories  |  19 g protein  |  32 g carbs  |  2.3 g fat  |  12 g fiber  |  25 mg cholesterol  |  660 mg sodium  |  11 g sugar

source:  Muscle & Fitness HERS  |  Mar/Apr 2008

Audra - I’ll have to try this out. I’ve only ever used lentils to decorate!

tori - Ha! What do you use them for? They’re great for a lot of projects I’d imagine!

Audra - I’ve used them to hold pillar candles in the middle of those big cylinder vases. 🙂

ashleigh - This looks great too. Maybe I’ll make it this weekend?

tori - can you eat turkey or are you vegetarian or vegan? would you just take it out or add something else in there?

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tori - That is soooo cool! I’m honored!!!

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