Happy New Year!!! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are ready for a new year of healthy choices 🙂
Trying to make better food choices this year? I suggest checking out last year’s post, How to Pack a Lunch For Work, for some healthy lunch ideas.
If you’re new to eating a plant-based diet, or if you’re someone who likes flavor but doesn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen making dinner, I highly recommend you try this Moroccan lentil stew!
I came across a Moroccan stew recipe in Vegetarian Times last month, and I made it for dinner. And since I’m unable to actually stick to a recipe, I altered it to make it oil free and slightly more flavorful. And did I mention that it’s the simplest stew you’ll ever make?
This Moroccan lentil stew differs from my African lentil stew in that it does not require a slow cooker, has fewer ingredients, and is lower in fat (no peanut butter). Both stews are filling, flavorful, and perfect for those who are trying to slim down!
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes (no salt added)
- 2 15-oz cans lentil soup (I used Amy's brand), preferably low sodium
- 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained
- ½ cup raisins (I used golden)
- 2 t. ground cinnamon
- 1½ t. ground cumin
- ¼ t. red pepper flakes
- 1-2 T. mango chutney (optional, but recommended)
- Dairy-free yogurt or coconut milk, for garnish
- Fresh cilantro, for garnish
- Heat a splash of water in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté 3-4 mins until translucent. Add the garlic and cook one minute, stirring constantly.
- Stir in tomatoes, lentil soup, chickpeas, raisins, cinnamon, cumin, red pepper flakes, and mango chutney. Bring stew to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
- Simmer, uncovered, 10-20 mins, or until stew is reduced and thickened.
- Serve with a Tablespoon of yogurt or coconut milk and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro, if desired.
This stew is so easy, it feels like cheating. It comes together so quickly, you’ll have time to make small side salads to go with it.
What a nutritious meal! Even Picky Husband liked it.
I’ve been eating the leftovers for lunch this week, and it almost tastes better reheated. YUM!