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Lentils are a nutrient dense food source. This means you get a lot of nutritional value for the size and portion you consume. Lentils are extremely high in protein and fiber,  low in fat, and have no cholesterol. They also contain folate, B vitamins, iron, and minerals; all key to keeping you healthy, energized, and fueled for the long run. They are very cheap and easy to cook and unlike other legumes, lentils cook fast and take on flavor very easily. Make sure to keep some stored in your pantry.

The recipe below is from www.weeatreal.com. I’ve gotten a few recipes from her (she’s a runner and a mom!) that are easy to make and are delicious. I’ve made this lentil stew a couple of times. It’s very flavorful and keeps well in the fridge.

Lentil Curry Stew:

Olive oil
4 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
3 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons curry powder (I use 3 tablespoons when I use Trader Joe’s curry powder. I love curry!)
7 cups water ( I use half water and half chicken broth for more flavor)
1 pound dried lentils, rinsed and picked over
3 teaspoons beef or vegetable bouillon (since I use broth, I skip this)
1 cup tomato puree or 1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
8 ounces frozen cut-leaf spinach (no need to thaw)
Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper to taste

Prepare lentils by pouring them in a shallow dish so you can easily pick out any undesirable pieces. Soak them in warm water for 10 mins. (as you are sauteing the vegetables).

Saute carrots, onions, garlic, and celery in a large pot until onions are translucent. Add curry powder and mix until vegetables are coated with curry. Add 3.5 cups chicken broth to deglaze the pot. Add remaining liquids. Drain lentils and pour into stock. Stir in tomato puree and season with salt and pepper. Cover and let simmer on low heat for 30mins or until lentils are tender, but not mushy. Lastly, add spinach. I like to eat this with brown rice (one scoop rice topped with a ladle full of stew!).

Prep time is about 10 mins. The bulk of the time is cooking, which is really easy.

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