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.
Pineapple Hill says
That looks Deeeeelish!
[email protected] says
I love lentils, but only really cook one kind of meal with them, involving tomatoes, then cheese, which is pretty fab. A stew sounds like a great idea, and a break from the cheese that I use a lot (even in salads). A hardy meal for a hardy winter day.
Lois Grebowski says
Taht looks really good…and healthy, too!
julie & joe says
Wow! A great source of fiber.
Kim @ Forever Wherever says
I think Bella is an awesome cook! I have one of her recipes that I’ve been waiting to try! Thanks for sharing this one…It sounds yummy!
Looks soooo yummy!
Sounds good. I will try this out next time it turns off cold outside. Have a happy weekend.
Terri and Bob says
I know that Bob will love this. Thanks for sharing it!
Thanks for the recipe suggestion. I think this might go on my list for this week. It looks so easy and healthy, too.
This looks so yummy! I’m definitely going to try it this week, only I’m going to substitute veggie broth for the chicken broth so my vegan son can eat it. I think he’ll love it!
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Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says
Hi, Tammy, so glad you stopped by! Yes, try the soup, you’ll love it. And, I’m so glad you got some of those shoes. I just love mine too. They are great for an in between shoe with a little bit of heel. Thanks for telling me!
Sounds yummy, thanks so much for sharing.
I've added your link to my blog, hope that is ok…and would love for you to add mine to yours if possible.
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Have a wonderfully blessed weekend,
Yum! That looks good – and would great on cold days.
I really need to give this recipe a try. It looks wonderful.
Susie from Bienvenue says
Sounds soo good! cant wait…Friday will be here before you know it! Yehaw!!!
My hubby offices from our home and likes to have lunch together. I’m happy with peanut butter and jelly but he would be a happy camper to have this soup. I think I will try it this week. Thanks!
Hi Rhoda, that stew looks yummy and hearty for a cold winter’s night! Will have to try it! I also loved your post on Whistlestop Cafe…from my favorite movie of all time!! Wish I could have been there!!
Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio says
That sounds good! I just did a comfort foods post on my Home Good blog….
Thanks for the recipe :-))
I love lentils and this looks so good! Thanks for a healthy recipe! I know I’ll enjoy this one.
(Had lunch at Panara Bread with Mom today…had a spicy chicken soup with corn and beans..delicious
If you know of a good soup recipe like that I would love if you would share it)
I love simple meals of good homemade soup and a hearty bread!