Healthy Crockpot Lentil Stew

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I like to think of myself sort of as a lentil hipster. I used to eat lentils wa-hayy before they became cool. That’s because lentils are a huge part of Indian cuisine, no matter which region the cuisine comes from. I’m sure you’ve seen the word “daal” at an Indian restaurant’s menu. It literally means lentils. When my mom would ask me if daal sounded good for dinner, I’d always ask “what kind?”. And even though we were a meat-eating family, lentils were common at the dinner table because they are cheap, healthy, and very easy to make.

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When you go to an Indian restaurant and order daal, they’ll automatically give you either the yellow kind or the green/brown kind. But don’t limit yourself to what’s on Indian restaurants’ menus, because there are a gazillion types of delicious and so so healthy lentils to choose from.

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Which is precisely why you should try making lentils at home. You won’t find all the types of lentils at restaurants, but you will find them at specialty grocery stores! For starters though, I’m going to share this recipe for American green lentils, which is a type of lentil you can easily find at any supermarket.

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Anddddd this is the point in the post where I  stop acting like a lentil expert / annoying lentil hipster. Here’s why: the first time I made lentils in a crockpot, it really humbled me. That’s because I messed it up… BIG time. All the water evaporated, and it turned into a mushy brown mess instead of a hearty stew. “What did you learn, Nadia”, you ask? I’ll tell you what: add plenty of liquid and cook on low. Just do these two things, and you can modify this recipe any way you want after that. Don’t like regular potatoes? Substitute sweet potatoes instead! Think carrots are for bunnies? Skip ‘em here and make carrot cake instead! Cakes aren’t for bunnies. And I would suggest treating yourself to seconds on the cake, because this meal is super duper healthy. :)

lentil stew

Healthy Crockpot Lentil Soup
Serves 10
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
6 hr
170 calories
31 g
0 g
1 g
11 g
0 g
203 g
372 g
3 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
203g
Servings
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170
Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 372mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates 31g
10%
Dietary Fiber 13g
51%
Sugars 3g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
43%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
5%
Iron
20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups “American” green lentils, rinsed
  2. 16 oz. beef broth (or vegetable)
  3. 1 beef (or vegetable) bouillon cube
  4. 2 cups water
  5. 1 small yellow onion, diced
  6. 2 carrots, diced into large pieces
  7. 1 celery stalk, diced into large pieces
  8. 1 russet or red potato, diced into large pieces
  9. 1, 28 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  10. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  11. 1 bay leaf
  12. 1/4 tsp salt
  13. 1/4 tsp black pepper
  14. 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  15. 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  16. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  17. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Rinse the lentils thoroughly (1-2 times).
  2. Add all ingredients to a crockpot, turn on low and cook for 5-6 hours. No peeking!
Notes
  1. Serve with some brown rice or quinoa if you’d like.
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calories
170
fat
1g
protein
11g
carbs
31g
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  1. Leeds says:

    Thanks for posting! I love lentils and I’m looking forward to giving this a try.

  2. Michael says:

    Are the lentils dried? I remember cooking lentils in Spain and because they were dry I had to soak them overnight or they would be too hard. I did not use a crock pot however, that is the reason I ask if they are dried or from a jar.

    • Nadia says:

      Hi Michael! Yes, the lentils are dry and it is not necessary to soak them since if you are cooking in a crockpot. However, if you decide to cook this on a low simmer on the stove top, I would recommend soaking the lentils overnight.

  3. Kari says:

    Just put this in my Crock Pot for dinner tonight :) One question: what is the serving size? 1 cup? Adding up the volume of the ingredients, that sounds right to me, but I wanted to ask to see if you knew what it came out to.

  4. Sierra Fouts says:

    Hey! What temp do i cook this on for the 5-6 hours?

  5. Michaela says:

    I tried this and it did not work :( none of the water evaporated and the vegetables were not cooked.

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