Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Kind Diet - Lentil Stew

Yes, it's true.  I might be obsessing about The Kind Diet recipes.  But truly, this is one recipe in particular that needs to be made, and by you (right now.)  Seriously!  This is Lentil Stew (page 171) in it's perfect form.  I don't know why; it just is.  I have made many lentil stews, but for some reason I'm lentil impaired.  My last few attempts have resulted in either too mushy lentils, and underdone veggies, or hard lentils and mushy veggies.  It's hard to get vegetables and lentils to meet right where they're supposed to be in the appropriate textures at the same time. The instructions in this particular recipe are thoughtful and precise, and result in a perfect bowl of stew. The only change I made was to add 1 T. of flour as I was sauteing the vegetables to thicken the broth a tad, and it paid of.  Perfecto!

Nate's Two Cents: Truthfully, I'm still not exactly sure what a lentil looks like in the wild.  But I do know that unlike most of the things I used to eat in my stews, it is treated humanely. And it definitely plays well with others: Is it a vegetable soup featuring lentils?  Or a lentil soup with vegetables?  Yes and yes.  Anyway, it's filling, it's delicious, and it's packed with protein so I can't make any excuses about it being a soup for weenies. Thumbs up.

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