Last week was the week I decided that I would go back to being mainly vegetarian. I’ve never been a big meat eater, especailly red meat but leading a vegeterain based diet has always made me feel so much better both mentally and physically and because of the hecticness of life over the last 6 months, I haven’t been feeling that!
Chickpea, Lentil and Vegetable Stew was on the menu for dinner last night and I’ll admit, while i’ve made it before, I was nervous that Nick was going to like it and I was going to have to listen to him whinge about how it wasn’t substantial and delicious yaddah yaddah yah. The meat eater proved me wrong and polished off a big bowl. He of course followed up with “it’d be better with meatballs” (which if course is an option for him) BUT, there was no complaints!
This Chickpea, Lentil and Vegeable Stew is incredibly hearty and filling. The chickpeas and lentils will make you forget there is no meat and will fill your insides with warmth and goodness on a chilly evening!
What you’ll need
– a good glug of olive oil
– 1 onion, diced
– 3 tsp minced garlic or 4 gloves of garlic, crushed
– 4 stalks of celery, sliced
– 2 carrots, diced
– 1/2 tbsp cumin
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp numeric
– 1/4 tsp chilli powder
– 1x 400g tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained. Save the juice for mousse!
– 2x 400g diced tomatoes
– 2 potatoes, washed and diced
– 1.5l vege stock
– 1 cup dried brown lentils
What to do
– Grab a big pot and heat up your good glug of olive oil over a medium heat. Add in your onions and garlic and cool until soft. Whack in the celery and carrots and cook for a couple of mins.
– Sprinkle in your numeric, cumin, cinnamon and chilli powder, stir it all about and cook for another couple of mins.
– In goes your chickpeas, tomatoes and potato! Stir that all about then pour in your vegetable stock.
– Turn the heat up and bring the pot to a boil. Once it’s boiling, add in your lentils, give it a good stir and reduce the heat to low.
– Whack a lid on and leave to simmer for around 30-40 minutes or until the lentils are nice and soft.
– Serve as is or with a wee slice of fresh crusty white bread!