Friday, September 3, 2010

Lentil Spinach Stew

"This tiny nutritional giant fills you up, not out."

Looking for something fast, easy and healthy?  Try this nutritious dish that's sure to please!  Lentils are inexpensive, filling and by far, the most flavorful of all legumes. 

This hearty stew can stand on its own, but if you like, serve over rice.  Top with plain yogurt, or garnish with hard cooked eggs and a generous squirt of sriracha hot chili sauce for added kick!

Lentil Spinach Stew

1 T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 t garlic powder
1 T minced fresh ginger
2 T ground cumin
1/2 t dry mustard
1 t salt
1 pound lentils
6 cups chicken broth
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
3 zucchini, cut into 1" rounds
2 10 oz. packs frozen chopped spinach

Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat.  Add onion and ginger and saute until tender (around 10 minutes).  Mix in garlic powder, cumin, mustard seed and salt and stir 2 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients; bring to boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils are tender, around 45 minutes or less.  Makes 6 servings.

Do you have a favorite lentil dish?

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

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