Lentil Stew

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:11+00:00 December 17th, 2012|Gluten Free, Main Courses - Vegan Gluten Free, Meatless Monday, Recipes|

Lentil soup has all the benefits of the mighty powerfood lentils plus much more.  And it tastes great.


1 large onion, chopped
3-6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 pieces celery, chopped
2 tsp almond oil or vegetable oil
1 cup green whole lentils: soak over night and cook according to directions here: Cooking Beans & Lentils
1 piece Kombu*
2 carrots, diced
3-5 tsp salt
1 tsp each of thyme and basil
3 tsp marjoram
Fresh parsley


  1. Soak lentils overnight and follow instructions: Cooking Beans & Lentils (if you would like to have gas free lentils)
  2. Sauté onion, garlic and celery in oil.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Simmer for 45 minutes, adding more water if necessary.
  5. Remove Kombu and chop; return to soup.
  6. Serve in bowls garnished sprigs of fresh parsley.

* Kombu is seaweed makes beans more digestible but you could easily leave it out.

More Delicious Stews & Soups:

                                 Warming Vegetable Stew with Peanut Butter

Warming Vegetable Stew with Peanut Butter

Red Lentil Soup

Pumpkin Soup

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Red Lentil Soup

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:05+00:00 April 30th, 2011|Meatless Monday, Recipes, Soup|

This is an easy powerfood soup to make.

You will be amazed by the great taste. It’s truly unique!

The recipe evolved when making a birthday dinner for my sister last week.
It was only minutes before she arrived that I decided to do the last step of blending which made the soup special. 

Click here to learn more about Lentils.  It was named one of the 5 most healthy foods on the planet!


1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 – 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 bay leaves
1 cup red lentils (8 ounces), picked over and rinsed (soaked over night is best with water poured off)
2 – 3 cups water
1 tsp thyme
3 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
6 inch strip wakame seaweed broken into small pieces
2 – 3 tsp Braggs seasoning
Juice of 1/2 lemon


1.    Cook lentils until lentils are very soft and falling apart; approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Start with 2 cups of water and add more later if the soup is too thick.
2.    Saute onion in oil with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened.
3.    Add garlic, bay leaf, marjoram and thyme and cook, stirring, 1 minute more.
4.    Add onion mixture and seaweed to lentils and cook for 20 minutes.
5.    Discard bay leaves, then purée mixture in blender (use caution when blending hot liquids) and return to pan.
6.    Add juice of lemon; then season with Braggs seasoning and black pepper. 

Try these other delicious soups and stews:

Soba Soup – a Japanese Favourite

Soba Soup – a Japanese Favourite

Lentil Stew

Creamy Swiss Chard Soup with Almonds is Delicious

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Cooking Beans and Lentils

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:17+00:00 July 2nd, 2010|Gluten Free, Recipes|

I am quite fastidious about the way beans are cooked as I do not like experiencing the common thing we all associate beans with…GAS!  So here is what I do:

Cooking Beans & Lentils


Dried beans or lentils


  1.  Wash beans in cold water and soak overnight in three times the volume of water.
2.  Next day, pour off the water.
3.  Place beans in a pot and cover with water 1 inch above the level of the beans.
4.  Bring to a boil.
5.  Let simmer with lid ajar.
6.  Skim off the foam.
7.  Add more water if necessary. Beans should always be covered with water while cooking.
8.  Cooking time will vary according to the type, size and age of the bean.
9.  Most beans will need approximately 2 hours cooking time. Lentils will take between 30 minutes to one hour.
10.  Beans or lentils should be soft; this is when they are cooked.  This is the stage that you can salt and add other seasonings.  Do not add salt while cooking as above.

Learn 7 Ways To Avoid Gas from Beans

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Here are some very tasty vegan bean and lentil recipes:

Chili con Vege

Adzuki Vegetable Bean Stew

White Bean and Asparagus Stew

Butter Bean Dip

White Bean Vegetable Stew

Lentil Stew

Red Lentil Soup

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The Mighty Lentil – Tiny Powerfood

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:19+00:00 April 6th, 2010|Nutrition, PowerFoods|

The Lentil is One of the Top Five Healthiest Foods

The lentil was selected by Health Magazine as one of the top 5 healthiest foods on the planet!

They are good in so many ways:  your body, your blood, your pocketbook, your taste buds, and even the environment.  Beans are generally considered a low cost, healthy alternative to most other protein sources like meat, dairy and most grains.

9 Big Benefits Of These Tiny Beans