Monday, August 30, 2010

Meatless Monday: Chickpea & Lentil Stew

Angela found a great slow-cooker recipe the other day on the Whole Foods website.  We made up our own delicious batch with a few changes.  Below is OUR version of the stew.

Make it even better:  Grill up a batch of polenta and pour the stew directly over it in your bowl.  It becomes soft as it soaks in the taste of the stew.  It is a great accompaniment with most stews.  Otherwise, warm some naan and serve on the side.




Chickpea & Lentil Stew   


Ingredients
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 chile pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped, more to taste
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon cumin
2 (15-ounce) cans garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained and rinsed
1/2 cup dried red lentils
1 (28-ounce) can tomato puree
2 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup pitted black olives
1 tube of pre-made polenta or naan bread


Directions
Heat olive oil in a pan and sauté the onions. Add peppers, garlic, garam masala and cumin and cook until peppers begin to soften. Combine everything in the slow cooker and cook on low 8 to 10 hours.  Prepare polenta 10 minutes before serving.


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* Want more FIBER in your diet? 
MEAT does not contain fiber.  Fruits & vegetables DO.

*Worried about getting enough CALCIUM? 
Too much protein from dairy products and meats will leach
calcium from your bones.

*Watching your CHOLESTEROL?
Cholesterol is only found in animals.

15 comments:

  1. That recipe literally just made my tummy growl! It looks delish..all my favorite players are there. Where did you get your slow cooker? Do you use it a lot as a vegan? I just I just always associated a "crock pot" with like beef stew...

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  2. To be honest, I am not a huge fan of the slow cooker. This recipe was good, but most I prefer to just cook in a huge pot. I love making soups and chilis. =)

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  3. I love this kind of food, but later me and my wife have an orchestra playing under the covers ... I bring my Tuba and she brings the French Horn!

    Any insights about combining food or preparing it to limit the music?

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  4. Miam...that sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

    Thanks for your encouragement and for joining me on my journey!

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  5. Looks so good! I must admit though, I have seen the Polenta in our grocery store and I have no idea what it actually is!!! Your use of it sounds so good though!!!

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