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Lentil and butternut squash stew

on December 2, 2013

After Thanksgiving, it is nice to have an easy, healthy recipe in your arsenal to pull out for a weekday night to ease back into your normal routines. This is quick, simple and hearty and if you choose vegetable stock instead of chicken stock, a nice option for Meatless Monday.

Ingredients:

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped (I like red for the color and milder flavor, but any bell pepper would be fine)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary (could substitute poultry seasoning or thyme)
  • 2 c squash (I used fresh butternut squash that I cubed, but any winter squash would work and the pre-cut cubes in your produce section would save a lot of time)
  • 1 c lentils (Be sure to sort these out to look for gravel, but no need to pre-soak)
  • Chicken stock to cover (Could use vegetable stock to make this vegetarian/vegan)

1. Saute the celery, onion and bell pepper in a little olive oil or cooking spray. Add salt and pepper to taste, as well as a teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary.

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2. When things are starting to get translucent, add the squash and lentils and stir things around for a few minutes.

3. Add your liquid to cover (took one box of stock for me, but would vary depending on how much squash you have (no need to be exact with the 2 cups measurement).

image4. Simmer until the squash and lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.

Lentils are a quick, cheap protein source and perfect for quick stews like this. Unlike other beans, they are small and thin enough to cook quickly without pre-soaking. You could add meat to this dish by incorporating chicken. Just brown the cubed chicken in the pan first, then start at step 1. Another nice variation is to slice and brown some sausage to serve on top of the stew (especially helpful if you have a mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarians in your dining party!).

I like having healthy options for dinners during the holidays to offer a little balance for the many social events with less-healthy options. What are your favorite quick and healthy options to incorporate during the holiday season? 

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