I saw this recipe on Bella’s blog, Bella Casa, and copied it to try, which I did recently and it was a hit. Very good flavors, filling, with good ingredients and low-fat too. I’ve been trying to incorporate more lentils into our diet and this is a good way to do that and it’s perfect for these Winter months.
Spinach Lentil Stew
This stew is hearty, healthy, flavorful, and easy to make. There’s nothing better than a 1-point meal that fills you up!!
2 garlic cloves minced
1 med onion (about 1/2 cup), chopped
1 Tb oil (I used canola)
1 cup dry lentils (I used a whole bag of dried lentils & soaked them first)
4 cups chicken broth (or 4 cups water + 4 tsp or cubes of chicken bouillon) I used 3 cans of chicken broth
10 oz frozen spinach
7.5 oz can chopped/diced tomatoes (I used a whole 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes)
1 bay leaf (didn’t use)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. fennel seeds, crushed (didn’t have)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 Tb. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tb. balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
2 medium carrots, chopped (about 1 cup) (I used baby carrots sliced)
Mince garlic cloves and chop onion. Heat oil in large saucepan or dutch oven. Heat onion and garlic in oil until soft but not brown. Add lentils, broth, tomatoes, salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaf, and fennel seeds. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Add frozen spinach and carrots. Bring to a boil again. Break apart frozen spinach with a fork as needed. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer another 10-15 minutes until lentils and carrots are tender. Remove bay leaf. (i did not use the bay leaf or fennel seeds)
Yields Approx. 7 (1-cup) servings
Nutritional Info: 100 calories, 2 g. fat, 7 g. fiber (1 point per 1-cup serving)
Source: Better Homes and Gardens Vegetarian Cookbook, 1993
Thanks Bella, for a winner of a soup recipe! I think you’ll all love it too.
If you still want to know what that sign in Stray Cats said…go back and read my last comment on that post! Not what it looked like, although still a strange saying.
Yummy looking..and it was so cold and gray here in New York this week with snow…so this is heaven and needed! Thank you!
How did you know I was in the mood for some lentils? They are so good and this soup looks extra yummy! Thanks for sharing it with us!
I was going to vote on your poll about what I like the best on your site, but it was closed so I’ll just tell you. Yard-saling!! I love to see what goodies you find on your treasure-hunting! Girl, can Spring get here fast enough so we can go back out on the yard-sale trail??
Lots of Hugs, Bebe 🙂
P.S. Enjoyed your post about the Whistle Stop cafe ~ I thought that was over in Juliet, too. It was great to learn about it.
Blondie's Journal says
Rhoda, I just love when you post recipes and this is a keeper! I love anything with spinach in it, it is so versatile. I also believe you can aleways leave out/add ingredients, you then turn the recipe in to YOURS! 🙂
Thanks for sharing this!
Patti VZ says
Rhoda… we made the soup last night for supper. It was delicious! AND we have enough for a nice warm lunch after church today. YUM! Thanks for sharing.
midnight macaroons says
Rhoda, thanks for the fantastic recipes. I don’t know what I love most about your blog. The recipes or the decorating….I made Chicken Divan (older post) for Sunday supper. It’s the only way I can get my hubby to eat his veggies. Thanks again for the great recipe. I look forward to trying it out.
Melissa Wertz says
I was looking at your FGT WTC post and it brought back memories of when I was single, working full time, etc. The first time I went there, it was so crowded and the line was so long. I had to go and they had a soup. Some sort of tomato based soup thhat was spicy. I ordered it and took it to go. Seems like I may have sat on that bench and ate it. Well, I loved that soup! I went back all the time just to order a bowl of that soup to go. I have been meaning to post that on Sandi’s blog. I wonder if they still make that soup. It has been over 20 years. That soup sure was good. I even took a client there one time, ordered 2 bowls of soup and we sat on a bench near by and ate it. She thought it was a ‘different’ business lunch, but she really enjoyed it.
Bella Casa says
Hi Rhoda, I am glad you like it and shared it with your readers!
I should make it this week, thanks for the reminder 🙂