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Rustic Red Wine Lentil Stew

By Fredrica Syren:

I made lentil stew for our Christmas dinner, and it was a huge hit. It’s warming, satisfying and altogether yummy — and perfect for a special occasion or a very cold winter day. I served it with roasted potatoes and a large spinach salad but it goes really well with pasta as well.

Lentils are very cheap and a very nutritious food. They contain great amounts of cholesterol-lowering fiber, protein, minerals, B vitamins — all with virtually no fat!!! So, I consider lentils a super-food that everyone would benefit from eating more of, even if they’re meat eaters.

  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp. butterrustic lebtil stew
  • 1/3 cup yellow onion, minced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 ¼ cup red wine
  • 1 ½ cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup dried mushrooms, crumbled
  • 1 carrot carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup celeriac, cubed
  • ½ cup zucchini, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp. dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large pot on medium heat. Sauté garlic and onion until glossy, not brown (about 3 minutes). Add lentils, red wine, broth, dried mushrooms, tomato paste, bay leaf and thyme. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Add celeriac and carrot, and stir. Simmer covered for 20 minutes. Add more broth if it seems dry. Add zucchini, stir and simmer another 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper accordingly. Serve warm with potatoes, rice or pasta and/or some bread. Enjoy

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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