Monday, January 01, 2018

Just trying this recipe. So far it tastes delicious. I am putting in fresh cauliflower and maybe I will add some parsley.


 Prep Time 5 minutes
 Cook Time 45 minutes
 Total Time 50 minutes
 Servings  (1.5 cups each)


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 medium yellow onion 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 4 stalks celery- my celery was frozen, don't ask me why.
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin 
  • 1 tsp turmeric 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 
  • 15 oz. can chickpeas 
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb. frozen cauliflower florets, I used fresh
  • 6 cups vegetable broth, today I used 4 cups Swanson vegetaqble broth and 2 cups of my home made broth
  • 1 cup brown lentils 
  • 1 bay leaf 


  1. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Sauté both in a large pot with olive oil over medium heat until softened. Dice the celery, then add to the pot and  sauté for 2-3 minutes more.
  2. Add the cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper to the pot. Stir and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), chickpeas (rinsed and drained), and cauliflower florets (no need to thaw). Stir the pot until everything is well mixed. I am going to add the cauliflower 20 min before we eat.
  4. Add the vegetable broth and bay leaf, turn the heat up to high, place a lid on the pot, and allow it to come to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, add the lentils. Stir and let it come back up to a boil, then turn the heat down to low. Let the stew simmer on low, with the lid, for 30 minutes.
  5. After simmering for 30 minutes, the lentils should be tender. Remove the bay leaf and give the stew a taste. Add salt if needed (this will depend on the type of vegetable broth used. I did not add any additional salt), then serve.

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