Monday, 15 September 2008

Lentil, Bean and Veggie Stew

Vegan Stew with Puy Lentils and Red Kidney Beans.

This is a slightly adapted recipe of 'Cholent' in Veganomicon. They called for caraway seeds and tarragon but I personally am not keen on any 'liquorish' tasting herbs so, I used more traditional stew herbs of rosemary, sage and thyme and loved this. In fact it tasted so much like my mom's stew growing up (which is what I was after). They also added TVP chunks, which you can see in the photo there but we weren't keen on those so I no longer add them. I'll try and update this photo soon!

It's warm, comforting, nutritious and filling; we serve it with fresh from the oven bread rolls slathered with vegan butter to dip into the stew - lovely! This has become an autumn/winter family favourite.

Lentil, Bean and Veggie Stew:

Serves 3.

• 1 Tbsp olive oil
• 1 onion, diced 
• 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
• 1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
• 1 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
• ½ tsp dried mixed herbs
• 1/8 tsp dried sage
• 1 bay leaf
• ½ tsp salt
• freshly ground black pepper
• 60ml / ¼ cup red wine
• 50g / ¼ cup dry puy lentils
• 100 - 150g carrots, peeled and sliced
• 250 – 300g baby new potatoes, quartered or diced large
• 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
• 100g frozen peas
• ½ a 400g tin of red kidney beans drained and rinsed (about 170g)
• about 250ml water

Wash and rinse the lentils well. Bring a pot of water to the boil, add the lentils, stir, put a lid on and fast boil for 10 minutes. Drain in a fine sieve, rinse well with cold water and set aside.

In a large saucepan heat the olive oil. Gently fry the onion with a few grinds of black pepper until soft and translucent.  Add all the herbs, garlic and salt and fry gently for about a minute, let it get really fragrant but be careful not to let the garlic burn – keep it on low heat. Add the red wine to de glaze – give it a good stir, then add the carrots, potatoes, par-boiled lentils, chopped tomatoes and the water. 

Cover, bring to a boil then reduce the heat to simmer. Let it simmer for about 30 – 40 minutes or until the potatoes, carrots and lentils are cooked and the stew has thickened. When there is about 10 minutes left, add the kidney beans and frozen peas. If it is still too liquidy, cook a little longer with the lid off until it is the right consistency. If it’s too dry, add a bit more water. Season to taste and serve.

Nutritional Information: 1 serving

Calories: 326
Protein: 16g
Fibre: 11.2g
Carbs: 33.5g
Sugar: 10.9g
Fat: 5.5g
Sat Fat: 0.9g
Sodium: 647mg

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