Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Spicy Lentil Stew

Tis the season for hearty, yet healthy meals perfect for the holidays! This stew is perfect for a chilly night, next to the fireplace while you binge watch Christmas movies!! :)

Here's what you need:

- 1 cup cooked lentils (I used the Autumn blend)
- 1 can Kidney beans
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 to 3 cloves minced garlic
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle pepper powder
- 2 to 3 teaspoons taco spice blend recipe (below)
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1.5 cups water
- Sea Salt to taste
- Ripe Avocado to put on top (optional)
*I'd recommend adding whatever veggies you have leftover in your fridge! I found mine was a bit too soupy, and needed to be thickened with more veggies! Try adding carrots and sweet potatoes :)

Step 1:

Cook the lentils according to the package directions, and in the meantime chop all the veggies and wash them.

Step 2:

Add olive oil to a large pan on medium heat, and throw in the onion for a few minutes. Then add in the garlic and combine for another few minutes.

Step 3:

Add in the chopped tomatoes, chipotle pepper, taco spice seasoning, and cook until the tomatoes take on a sauce texture. Then add in the bell pepper and cook for about another minute.

Step 4:

Next add in the lentils, kidney beans, sea salt, and water and stir it all together. Cover the pan and cook for about 20 minutes on low.

Step 5:

Stir, add more salt to taste, and simmer for a few minutes uncovered to thicken it all up. 

Let it cool a bit before serving, but top with whatever you want! Get creative and add some hot sauce (although you don't really need it), avocado, nutritional yeast, vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, put it over quinoa, brown rice, whatever!

I LOVE adding Kelly's Croutons on top of mine--click here to check them out!!

Taco Spice Mix:
Mix 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon powdered garlic, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 2 teaspoons cumin powder, 1 to 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Mix it all up and store it! You'll have some left over and it's absolutely delicious!

What other recipes would you like to see? Would you like me to veganize any holiday dishes this season!? If so, comment below, tag me on IG (LaurenMcHugh_14), or send me an email here: LaurenMcHughHealth@gmail.com

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