Crock Pot Vegetable Lentil Stew

Vegetable Lentil Stew

Vegetable Lentil Stew

I had planned to make this stew today.  And to be completely honest, I hoped the weather would cooperate.  As in, I hoped it would be a cool, maybe even blustery, day.  And I was not disappointed.  It’s cool and we had a brief thunderstorm.  So pretty much today is the perfect day for a hearty, healthy, stew.  Especially if it fills the house with that warm smell of stew all day.

And while I love the leftovers, the original recipe made 8-10 servings…that’s a lot of leftovers for 2 adults and 1 toddler.  So I halved the recipe and then slightly adjusted it for the contents of my vegetable crisper (and my finicky (read: overly hot) crock pot).

This was a super easy crock pot meal.  And it made my heart giddy to see all those veggies going in.  And my husband, you know, that guy I talk about from time to time, he is baking a loaf of whole wheat bread…so we’ll probably have that with dinner.  Perfection!

Ingredients:

8 oz dried lentils, stones removed and rinsed
2 garlic cloves, minced
1.5 leeks, chopped
1/2 cauliflower, chopped into small bite size pieces
2 med carrots, chopped
1.5 celery stalks, chopped
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 cups chicken stock
20 oz diced tomatoes with sauce
1 cup kale, chopped
sour cream or greek yogurt (as topping)
shredded cheese (as topping)
additional water, as needed

Directions:

Put all ingredients minus sour cream and cheese into slow cooker.  Turn on low.  Cook for 6-8 hours until lentils are soft.  If the liquid runs out or gets too low add some more water.

Serve hot topped with sour cream and cheese.

Directions for the freezer:

Put all ingredients minus the sour cream and cheese and kale into a freezer bag.  Freeze.  Pull out of freezer the night before to defrost.  In the morning add to crock pot along with the chopped kale.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours until lentils are soft.

Serve hot topped with sour cream and cheese.

For more freezer friendly crock pot meals check out this post!

Vegetable Lentil Stew

My husband photo bombing the soup!

My husband photo bombing the soup!

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