Nothing can beat a really easy, simple meal prep recipe. Especially when the secret ingredient is cinnamon. Yes that’s right I added cinnamon to this vegetarian stew and it was next level good. Just the right hint of spice.

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pot of vegetarian lentil stew on a wooden table

This gluten-free and vegan stew recipe is also a great one to make after a holiday when you are tired of cooking and need an easy nutritious packed bowl of comfort. This recipe can be batch made and freezes very well. It’s a good meal prep recipe for the week.

Did you celebrate Thanksgiving? As a Canadian mama, we got to celebrate back in October with some easy spiced lentil tacos, salad and a killer hazelnut cake for dessert! I find it much easier to make simple recipes that I know and love for the holidays. Because as much as food unites us and brings us together, being a relaxed and happy host is just as important!

The powers of lentils

Lentils are one of that food that I try and eat a few times a week. Super high in iron and zinc they should be a part of everyone’s diet, especially vegans and vegetarians’ diets. If you’re curious about all the benefits of lentils and want some more lentil recipes go check out this post Spiced lentil buddha bowls.

There are so many easy lentil recipes and I find lentils to be one of the best replacements for meat in many dishes. Lentils make a great bolognese sauce (family bolognese recipe) and are easy enough to add to a rice or noddle bowl. It is one of the first beans my kids loved after we transitioned to a vegan diet.

The addition of cinnamon

Yes, I added! Thank me after you try it. I actually got the idea to add cinnamon in after trying a spiced taco recipe by Foodbymaria! It was game-changer good so I thought to experiment adding it to our lentil stew. Cinnamon is high in antioxidants and adds a rich wonderful flavor to this stew!

Anyhoo, I’ll keep today’s post short and head on to the recipe!

Thanks for reading! If you make this recipe please like and comment, that would mean a lot to me! And tag me with your re-creations so I can share over on Instagram!

Until then, tchau

Easy Meal Prep Recipe, Comforting Lentil Stew.

Recipe by atmytableCourse: lunch, DinnerCuisine: vegan, vegetarian, gluten freeDifficulty: Easy
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes

Easy comforting vegan lentil stew. an easy meal to make for the week ahead. This recipe is super nutricious and freezes well.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups green lentils

  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 white onion, diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, diced

  • 2 cups diced white potatoes, about 2 small potatoes

  • 2 cups diced carrots, about 1 medium carrot

  • 2 cups green beans, quartered

  • 2 cups of chopped kale

  • 2 tsp each paprika

  • 2 tbsp italian seasoning

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1/8 tsp crushed chili peppers

  • 6 cups veggie stock

  • 1 cup water

Directions

  • In a large pot over medium heat sautee the onions in the olive oil until soft. then add in all the spiced and garlic and a splash of the veggie broth. Cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  • Add int he lentils and stir to coat. then add in the remining broth and water. Cover and bring to a boil. then reduce the heat to medium high and cook the lentils for 20 minutes.
  • Add in all the veggies and cook for another 15 minutes. Or until the lentils and veggies are soft.
  • Serve with some rice or top with some fresh avocado. Can be frozen in mason jars for 3 months or stored in the fridge for 4 days.

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