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Slow Cooker Vegetable Lentil Stew

A hearty, easy-to-make slow cooker vegetable lentil stew that is as delicious as it is comforting.

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A hearty, easy-to-make slow cooker vegetable lentil stew that is as delicious as it is comforting. Vegan, Nut-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free

It’s been a cold and dreary day here in Southern California, which matched my mood because I’m becoming sick. Ack! Damn sinuses, anyway, it is the perfect kind of day for a hearty soup to warm you up. I love slow cooker stews and soups because of the aroma they bring to your home as the flavors warm and meld together throughout the day. The scents almost tease you, leaving you wanting the soup to be done sooner; alas, you have to wait another three hours.

A hearty, easy-to-make slow cooker vegetable lentil stew that is as delicious as it is comforting. Vegan, Nut-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free

Winter has some of the most delicious vegetables to offer, among them are a few of my favorites for dishes like these. You can’t go wrong with carrots (my sister would disagree!), beautifully dark leaves of dinosaur kale, and although the celery root is one ugly edible, it’s taste brings a lot to soups and vegetable roasts. The mushrooms bring an earthy flavor while balancing with the sweetness of the tomato; there are many components to this Slow Cooker Vegetable Lentil Stew. That’s what makes it delicious.

A hearty, easy-to-make slow cooker vegetable lentil stew that is as delicious as it is comforting. Vegan, Nut-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free

For this recipe, you will need a fairly large crock pot; mine is roughly 4 quarts. I like my soups chunky, so most of the veggies are chopped, if you’d like a finer texture, dice them.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Lentil Stew

Slow Cooker Vegetable Lentil Stew

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

A hearty, easy-to-make slow cooker vegetable lentil stew that is as delicious as it is comforting. 

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Leeks, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Carrot, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Celery Root, Chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cup Celery, Sliced
  • 1 1/3 Cup Button Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 1 1/2 Cup Kale, I used Black/Dinosaur Kale, De-stemmed and chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Cup Dried Red Lentils
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 5 oz. Tomato Paste
  • 4 Cups Vegetable Broth, I use Rapunzel No Salt Added
  • 3 Cups Water

Instructions

  1. Put everything but the tomato paste, vegetable broth and water into a large bowl and stir until it is mixed well. I find that this helps to keep the ingredients more integrated, as mushrooms and leeks tend to float in the crock pot.
  2. Place the contents of the bowl into a 4-quart crock pot. Stir the tomato paste into the vegetable broth so that it is not chunky, then pour the broth and water into the crock pot.
  3. Turn the crock pot to high heat for 6-8 hours (depending on the crock pot), check the hardness of the lentils and carrots to see of the stew is done cooking. Once tender, it is ready to serve!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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A hearty, easy-to-make slow cooker vegetable lentil stew that is as delicious as it is comforting. Vegan, Nut-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free

I definitely need to make these more often, it’s such an easy way to make dinner! Maybe, I’ll look into doing a casserole type of thing next. Do you have any great recipes for a slow cooker/crock pot? Let me know! 🙂

A hearty, easy-to-make slow cooker vegetable lentil stew that is as delicious as it is comforting. Vegan, Nut-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free

 

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Preston

Friday 8th of March 2013

I just realized I left a comment back in December too! Shows how much I love this recipe. :)

Preston

Friday 8th of March 2013

Just wanted you to know that I've made this stew at least 10 times already. I make it mostly for my 1 year old son because he absolutely loves it! My wife and I do too. It goes great with steamed rice.

Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

Monday 11th of March 2013

You are seriously awesome. I'm really glad that you're such a fan. I need to make some more slow cooker stews!!

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