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Today's Special: Lemony Lentil–Spinach Stew

Today's Special: Lemony Lentil–Spinach Stew

I used to believe that a stew had to bubble on the stove all day and be full of tender, falling apart meat chunks. After I ate at the Moroccan restaurant Aziza, here in San Francisco, I realized that a stew can be made in under 40 minutes and be absolutely delicious without the meat. In our attempt to cover more vegetarian and vegan recipes here on YumSugar, I thought a hearty warm vegetable stew would be a perfect addition to the collection. Perhaps there are more people out there like myself whose definition of stew is narrowly limited to only include meat. WIthout the meat, a stew can cook much quicker. Worried that an all vegetable dish won't satisfy your hunger? Think again because this stew is so full of scrumptious vegetables that it's a knockout one pot dinner. And if you're with a man who must have his meat, throw pieces of chorizo into the pot with the potatoes. Get the recipe and


Lemony Lentil–Spinach Stew
From Vegetarian Times magazine

2 tsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
3 medium red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 1/2 lb.)
6 oz. baby spinach leaves
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. lemon zest
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

  1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook 30 seconds.
  2. Add broth and lentils, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add potatoes, and cook 15 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
  3. Add spinach, lemon juice, lemon zest and cayenne pepper.
  4. Cover, and simmer 2 minutes, or until spinach wilts. Stir in mint. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serves 4.

PER SERVING: 276 CAL; 18 G PROT; 3 G TOTAL FAT ; 46 G CARB.; 456 MG SOD.; 20 G FIBER; 6 G SUGARS

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tucats tucats 9 years
I made this today and it is absolutely delicious. I mean really, really good. I like lentils anyway, but the lemon and the mint really lifts this dish into something spectacular. Thank you.
SU3 SU3 10 years
Looks great party and sounds delicious! In my book, anything with spinach is always good to try! :)
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
nice. i still prefer meat stews tho :p
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
Looks fantastic! I'm printing this out ASAP! I love lentils and I LOVE spinach!
pinkpetal7 pinkpetal7 10 years
I am SO going to make this! Sounds so yummy!
lgaub lgaub 10 years
i subscribe to vegetarian times and made this when i got the mag in the mail. it was so good! definantly hearty and something to eat before it gets too hot out!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
my cook makes something just like this! its sooooo good, a very pleasant taste
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
This looks fantastic.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Ooo, I love the sound of this. I just bought lentils too. I'm definitely going to try this recipe! Lots of fiber and protein, perfect.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
This sounds sooooo good! And 20g fiber per serving, that's awesome!!!
jendudley jendudley 10 years
MMMM. Lemony. Looks delish. This is a perfect dish for Meatless Monday. I can make it on sunday and I bet it will be even better on Monday!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
This sounds quite yummy, not a vegetarian myself but lentils are awesome, going to give this a try!
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