Friday, February 12, 2010

Healthy Recipe: Split Pea & Lentil Stew

Another FAB recipe is SPLIT PEA LENTIL STEW (technically it's soup but its so thick I call it stew). The kids LOVE this & ate a TON. I made them yummy grilled mozzarella, tomato, & basil sandwich on whole grain bread too.

I doubled it so I could use the whole bag of beans and lentils (they come in 16 oz bags) , so I could freeze bunches, & because it's fairly time consuming to make.

8 oz split peas
8 oz lentils
1 1/2 cups carrots (cut into bite size pieces)
2 stalks celery (cut into small slices)
2 large tomatoes (chopped)
1 large onion (chopped)
4 chopped garlic cloves
10 basil leaves (chopped)
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 bunch of baby spinach (I used A LOT more than this- like 2 bunches)
1 (12 oz) can V-8 juice

1) Rinse the lentils and split peas well then add to boiling water & simmer until done, about 40 min. Keep checking water before this adding if water goes below beans, drain.
2) Heat olive oil in large pot, saute onions & garlic over medium heat until onions are clean (5 min)
3) Add celery, carrots, & 1 cup of water, simmer until al dente
4) Add 4 cups water & cooked lentils and split peas
5) Squeeze tomatoes and juice in the pot. Chop up the pulp of the tomatoes.
6) Add v8 juice, pepper, paprika, & basil to the pot.
7) Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer. Add spinach & simmer about 30 min.

Warning: It has a really gritty earthy taste like lentils. If you don't like that taste then you likely won't like this recipe. If you do then you'll love it & its chalked FULL of veggies.

Anyone have any healthy recipes? Please share!


Katie said...

You ROCK Olivia! I always want to eat better, and it is so nice to have someone else make a recipe first and tell me if it is gone.

I love lentils, Chad doesn't, but maybe he just needs to get over it. Think I will have to try this one out.

Suzette Saxton said...

That looks so yummy. I am always looking for ways to use lentils.

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Joan said...

Just read your Valentines post...has anyone ever told your hubby he looks SO much like Josh Hartnet (Pearl Harbor)? He does! Hottie :)
Your tomato basil soup looks fantastic..not a huge lentil fan...but they are SO good for you.

Rebecca said...

I'm loving all the healthy recipes! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait for more! :)

Saffron said...

sounds yummy! might have to give it a try.. :)

kaitlin said...

particularly love syds face.

lexylou said...

Just made this, it is sooooooooooooo yummy! The kids loved it! Thanks for the recipe!!!

Cindy said...

That sounds good! I'm going to try it. Jack loves soup, it's a good way to sneak in veggies without a fight!