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1 Million Dollar Vegetable Stew

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If you are a veggie lover, this recipe is for you!

Why not try out a healthy dinner tonight, with this delicious and hearty vegetable stew, bursting with essential vitamins, protein, fiber, and antioxidants? Healthy eating never tasted so good! Find the recipe here:

Lentil stew with a million vegetables in it!

This is one of those recipes where you feel super healthy and full of energy when you’re done eating, not the slightest bit sluggish or weighed down. It’s perfect for starting the new year off on a healthy foot… especially if your new year’s resolution is to eat more veggies.

The stew has a million of them, remember?

1 Million Vegetable Stew: for veggie lovers only!

Eh, close enough. Winking smile

A few days before Christmas, I stocked up on a million veggies (with an emphasis on mushrooms) from the Asian market, and this stew was a way to use them all up! The recipe is adapted from a lentil tagine recipe found in The Whole Foods Cookbook, and it’s the same lentil-veggie stew pictured in the post about what I ate for Christmas dinner.

healthy lentil vegetable stew.

Try out a super healthy dinner - from @choccoveredkt… Delicious and hearty vegetable stew, bursting with essential vitamins, protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Makes a big batch, and leftovers freeze well. Full recipe:


“1 Million Dollar” Vegetable Stew

(with an option for slow-cooker lentil stew)

  • 1.5 cups onion, chopped (190g)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (15g)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil (If desired, you can get away with 1 tbsp. Technically you can omit; it will just be better and more flavorful with the oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups bell peppers, sliced or diced (350g)
  • 4-6 carrots, sliced (95g)
  • 1 cup celery, chopped (140g)
  • 6 cups sliced mushrooms (Any variety will do; feel free to mix and match. I used 300g button mushrooms, 150g portabellas, and 350g shiitakes)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar (30g)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste (30g)
  • 2 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/3 cup dry lentils (200g) (See nutrition link below for all substitution notes)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock (360g)
  • 2 15oz cans diced tomatoes (I used regular, not unsalted.)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 5oz box raw spinach
  • 1 1/2 tbsp grated lemon zest (important)

Heat a large saucepan, then add the oil and onion. Sauté 5 minutes, until onions begin to brown. Add the garlic, peppers, carrots, and celery, and cook 5 more minutes. Then add everything else up to the cumin, and cook 15 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Now add all but the spinach and lemon zest. (If you have a crockpot, you can transfer the ingredients to your crockpot at this time.) Cover and cook on low until the lentils are soft and have absorbed most of the liquid– it takes about an hour on the stovetop. Time will vary if you use a slow cooker, depending on the strength and size of your particular crock pot. Add spinach and lemon at the very end, and cook 2-3 minutes until the spinach wilts. This recipe makes 8 servings (or 6 larger “Katie-sized” servings).

View Lentil Stew Nutrition Facts

Also see above link for substitution notes.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Bridget says:

    I always feel healthy and refreshed after eating balanced meals. Like for breakfast, if I have some fruit along with oatmeal and toast, I feel full but not overfull! I also feel super healthy after eating one of your desserts, Katie! Thank you!!!!!

  2. Lauren says:

    I just had to comment today on the cute picture of you! I love the dress you’re in. :-) ….the stew looks delicious too…I love lentils! I feel the best when I’m eating soups and salads, since I can cram a ton of veggies into either. :-)

  3. Melli says:

    That sounds and looks great. I would like to try it! 😉

  4. Robin says:

    I feel healthy drinking green smoothies! They make it easier for me to get in those nutrient dense foods on a daily basis ! We got a vitamix for Christmas and have enjoyed adding kale and other greens. Cheers!

  5. Erikka says:

    I love your dress!

  6. Christina D says:

    I just attempted to stick my fork into my monitor. This looks soooo good!

  7. Tiffany says:

    Cute Dress!! I hope you dont mind, but where is it from? You look great! :)

    Happy New Year! Wishing you lots of love, happiness and success!

    1. Liz says:

      Would love to know as well!

  8. Steph says:

    You look so young and pretty! I hope I’ll look like you in my later 20’s. (Probably not though xD)

  9. Mikayla says:

    I love to make green smoothies! I drink 3-4 a week! Haha can’t wait to try this stew. It looks delicious!

  10. Kelly says:

    I love lentils! Especially in my lentil stuffed sweet potato: I feel healthiest when I drink lots of water, eat fresh foods, and get outdoors.

  11. Carley says:

    OH baby time to buy some veggies!!

    You both look so pretty!! Happy 2013 :)

  12. Hannah says:

    Mmmmm, lentil stew. A true staple for a vegetarian winter. Love the recipe, its a little different from the one I usually use so I will have to try it out!

  13. I love lentils, especially in soup. I found this really great recipe on the Internet with red lentils, apple, and sweet potato and it is sooo good. This looks amazing, too. :)

    Green smoothies always make me feel really healthy. And so do veggies and hummus.

  14. Hey girl! What an excellent stew you have made! It must be a stew kind of day, my mother made a stew as well!

    Stews are great in many ways! You can throw them in a crock pot, you mix in a ton of veggies, and it’s a hot meal for a cold winter night! :)

    Plus.. there is no right way to make one. Noodles, veggies, meat, beans and even tofu! Do whatever your little heart desires. :)

    Your stew looks fantastic!!

    Lastly, to answer your own question.. what foods do you enjoy most that make you FEEL heathiest?! :) Mine consist of yogurt, fruit, beans, nut butter, and VEGGIES.

    Enjoy this lovely Sunday afternoon!


    <3. L

  15. Amy McCann says:

    Happy New Year Katie! This comment has nothing to do with your lentil stew, however it looks yummy and I am sure i will make it this week! This comment is to thank you for all the goodies I got from Nu-Naturals Giveaway! They sent me waaayyyy more stuff than promised along with full descriptions about each product AND a ton of recipes!! I was so very impressed with them and so thankful that I won. We are currently contemplating what amazing snack we will eat off your site . . .coconut crack is a strong contender right now 😉 Thanks again, for such an amazing site with amazing creations. We aren’t vegan, but we LOVE your goodies!!!!!

  16. Jenny D says:

    This stew looks amazing and your pictures look beautiful!

    I can’t wait to try this!

  17. Ray Ki says:

    Hey, Katie! I love your website so much! It has really helped me in my transition to veganism!
    I was wondering, do you think you’ll ever put up a vegan nut cluster or granola nut cluster recipe? I’m looking for some great weight-gain snacks but most recipes call for butter, eggs, honey, etc, which isn’t vegan!

    1. Lena says:

      You can just substitute vegan margarine for butter, and agave or maple syrup in place of honey. I don’t know a substitute for eggs in terms of calories, but for baking etc. you can use ener-g powder, flax seed and a lot of other things :)

  18. carolyn says:

    Personally I feel very healthy after eating tofu-veggie stir fries, drinking water, eating oatmeal without adding sugar in it, and also when I eat fresh fruit with vanilla yogurt.
    Also when I eat your lemon bars with the whole-wheat flour and tofu…. j’aime beaucoup, ma cherie, j’aime beacoup

  19. Molly says:

    Great recipe! I’ve been really getting into lentil soups lately, even though it’s the middle of summer here in Australia, so I will definitely be trying this soon. It’s great to see you posting meal recipes. Also, I’d have to say green smoothies always make me feel super good inside, thats why I start every day with one :)

  20. Great recipe. I just made a batch of lentil soup today but this one really packs the veggies in. I’ll be making this soon for sure! Thank you

  21. Kelsang says:

    Omg, you are just so stunning katie

  22. Oh my, this looks and sounds so yummy. I can’t wait to try it!

  23. I love veggies and it’s been too long since I’ve had lentils! Beastly salads with tons of veggies always make me feel healthy!

  24. Leigh says:

    Food always makes me feel healthy when it’s light and I know what it’s made from – like homemade meals!

  25. Deana Tanguay says:

    Pic of you and your sister so cute!!

  26. Naomi says:

    Do you think I could use steamed lentils?

  27. Katarina says:

    This looks delicious! I feel healthy when I eat regularly clean and nutritious food.

  28. I LOVE lentils. And every time I eat them, I wonder why I don’t cook with them more often. This recipe is definitely up my alley- it sounds incredible! And, I have pretty much all of the ingredients on hand!
    Happy New Year to you, Katie :)

  29. It may not technically have a million veggies, but it looks uber scrumptious… said the veggie lover. 😉

  30. A million veggies with a side of a million chocolate bars sounds just right for me! This stew looks great! the perfect clean-out-the-fridge recipe, plus I always have lentils on hand.

  31. Alanna says:

    This looks so yummy! I’ve been trying to use lentils more since I don’t eat enough protein most days, but a lot of the lentil soup/stew recipes have been ho-hum as far as flavor goes. I’ll bet the vinegar and lemon zest really brighten this up (in addition to using more than just carrots, celery, and onions like I have been)! And even though I’m not always thrilled with the flavor, I do feel healthy after eating lentil stew because just a small portion leaves me satisfied and ready to take on the afternoon without weighing me down!

  32. Lady Jennie says:

    I purée the veggies before cooking them with the lentils so that my kids will eat them – and they really do that way. I feel good when I eat ratatouille and quinoa together – so light and full of energy.

    1. Lisa @bitesforbabies says:

      We are definitely on the same page! I love ratatouille and quinoa!! Not sure if you’re looking for new kid-friendly recipes but I have a bunch on my blog

  33. Lisa @bitesforbabies says:

    Wow! There are about a “million” veggies in there! Looks yummy! Lentil soup is a staple in my house-I make it at least once a week or two! I always feel “healthy” when I eat one of my quinoa, lentil or soup/stew recipes…and I love making them kid-friendly so my son can eat me too (and feel just as healthy!).

  34. Taylor says:

    Do you soak the lentils first or just rinse them before adding them to the pot?

    1. Anna says:

      Lentils don’t need to be soaked. Just sort through them (picking out any odd pebbles) and give them a good rinse

  35. I love the pictures of the peppers and the picture of you and your sister! There are about a million vegetables in here, but I do think I will try it soon. Mushrooms really add a meaty-quality to vegetarian dishes that I just love.

  36. this look great ! i love yours and your sisters dresses there adorable !! eating healthy fresh makes me just feel great !

  37. Such a pretty picture of you!
    Love the recipe. Easy and satisfying…

  38. Oh, one question: How many people can eat from that recipe? =)

  39. debbie says:

    LOVE anything with lentils!
    Raw Kale makes me feel so healthy.

  40. Ivy says:

    That looks divine! Do you have any ideas for replacement veggies for those who don’t like mushrooms? The boyfriend hates them! Peas, maybe?

    1. Miranda says:

      I am wondering about replacements for mushrooms also. My husband and I love most vegetables, but dislike mushrooms.

      1. Yes, peas would work great… maybe not for all three cups, though. Try a mix of peas and carrots and maybe even some bell peppers or perhaps even cauliflower.

  41. Charee says:

    Like you, I love a bowl of veggies. This time of year I love them in a soup. Not being vegetarian, I love a homemade chicken broth. Love your photo!

  42. Kelly says:

    There’s actual proof (well… one scientific study) that warm soup helps deminish the cause of some cold symptoms! A nice brothy soup always makes me feel great (even if it’s just because science told me it should).

  43. Kitty Bea says:

    First, I love your dress! :-)

    I feel healthy with lots of fresh veggies (like spinach and kale) and legumes, especially lentils. Plus, after a powerful workout. =D

    And I am definitely making this recipe–as soon as I get the mushrooms.

  44. Nicole says:

    I cannot tell you how perfect the timing of this recipe is! I am 7 months pregnant and have just been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. (I am an “old” mother at 36!) I have to eat lots more veggies and complex carbs now. I also work 3 part time jobs in addition to taking care of my other 2 children so slow cooker recipes are a life saver! Thank you so much!

  45. I was hoping you’d post this recipe. Thanks.

    A lot fresh fruit and veggies make me feel balanced, whether they be in a smoothie, salad, soup or just as is.

  46. I’d have to go with green smoothies! Love that picture you too!

  47. Verenique B says:

    always feel super healthy after eating a salad or a wrap! :)

  48. Anne says:

    Cannot wait to finish up what’s already in the fridge so I can make this! Sounds wondrous!

  49. Tamara says:


    This is a great recipe…along with all of your others, of course!
    I just finished making this and it is delicious!! I didn’t have any mushrooms, so I added 3 cups of frozen yellow squash I had from my garden in the spring. It turned out great & I am planning on serving it over mashed cauliflower for dinner tonight.
    Thanks for all of your healthy alternatives you have created. In this big world it’s nice to know I can always find a healthy and delicious recipe from you! :)

  50. Love all of the colors :) I haven’t cooked a batch of lentils, but rather have relied on the pre-cooked ones from TJ’s- they’re great in a pinch!

  51. Rachel says:

    This looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try it!

    As far as my favorite “feel healthy” dishes, I also love miso soup! My concoction is somewhat similar to your recipe, and I also add carrots and leeks, a tradition that started when I was feeling sick and just grabbed vegetables that looked like they’d made a nice big pot of magic soup (lol). If I’m lazy and/or don’t feel like buying an actual tub of miso, I just add a couple of miso soup mix packets to the vegetable broth (shhh, don’t tell!). If I’m feeling really under the weather, I’ll eat a bunch of the soup and down carrot orange apple juice like it’s my job … my it’s just psychosomatic, but most of the time if I feel a cold or something coming on, if I eat/drink these two things and then head to bed, I wake up feeling all better again!

    I also always feel fantastic when I start the day with green juice — my favorite combo is romaine, kale, celery, lemon, green apple & ginger. YUM!

  52. Ok, I know this somewhat unrelated but, the other day, my aunt brought over these cookie dough brownies and they were DELISH! And I plan on making a GF version…but I was wondering if that would be a good inspiration for your next blog post 😉

  53. Anne says:

    Love that you also listed the amount in gram I’m able to actually cook this without typing it into google and getting all frustrated if it doesn’t work. Really not so easy if you live in a country without measuring cups :D. Thank you :)

  54. Jennifer D. says:

    Just verifying, that 5 oz box of spinach is frozen spinach. Do you thaw and squeeze out the water or is it supposed to be fresh spinach?

    I feel the healthiest when I eat smaller portions of healthy food and when I have a really good workout :)

  55. heather says:

    I feel healthy when I eat green vegis raw.

  56. I was looking for a easy soup tonight!!! I love the colors amazing Happy New Year :)

  57. Liz says:

    I love your dress. Where is it from? You look beautiful!

  58. Meredith says:

    Gorgeous pictures and gorgeous ladies!! :)

  59. This looks great. I think I will opt for the slow cooker method. Soups and stews just taste so much better then they are slow cooked. Thanks for the recipe. Love the dress too!

  60. I have lentils and never actually had a lentil. Your stew sounds like a good reason to cook up my lentils tonight! Fantastic recipe!!

  61. thomas says:

    Love lentils and barley. Make big pans of the stuff and it is great for freezing. Do a lot of training so thats the food to eat. This recipe looks fabulous I will try it out next week.

  62. Jenn says:

    I always feel healthy after my green smoothies. I love them! I do kale, collard greens, spinach, a carrot, banana, soy protein, oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, and some other fruit (blueberries, pumpkin, blackberries). Best breakfast!!

    I am making this or dinner….can’t wait!!

    Thank you for becoming my favorite blog! You are phenomenal.

  63. Emily Z says:

    Hi Katie,

    This stew looks really good. Thank you for adding the crockpot option, because I don’t use mine enough and it’s sort of a new year’s resolution for me to use it more!

    I also love your dress in that photo and would love to know where you purchased it.

    Thanks, and thanks for your awesome blog!

  64. Sometimes I get scared when I see a recipe like this and I have all of the ingredients in my house (do I shop too much??) but then I get excited, because I can make this asap! Thanks!! :)

  65. This stew looks yummy! Love all the unique tastes you have in there, like the mushrooms, fennel, cumin, lemon! I feel healthiest when I am having green drink regularly! Plus, here are some of my healthiest bites of the year: Best Bites of 2012! Happy New Year!!

  66. Anonymous says:

    Your recipes are A M A Z I N G! And your blog is my inspiration. I’ve opened a blog too and I’m working on it. I would invite anyone to visit it.

  67. Your recipes are A M A Z I N G! And your blog is my inspiration. I’ve opened a blog too and I’m working on it. I would invite anyone to visit it.

  68. Katie, you and your sister look gorgeous! Thank you both for sharing.

    I made a lentil soup in a crockpot last month…but it was nothing like this! Must try….

    I feel most healthy when I eat a dark green salad (usually spinach) with a protein like chicken and other mix-ins such as nuts, raw sunflower seeds, flax seeds, carrot matchsticks, diced fruits, etc. with a low sugar dressing. After all, more raw variety = more nutrition, right?

  69. Zuupdesign says:

    Your blog site is really awesome, perfect for my clients. I was looking and on a hunt task for recipes that I think are smart, healthy, and fun. Finding your blog is just in time for my aim to provide healthy, fun and exciting way to get fit. I will keep on sharing your info here! Health is always on my mind and I came across your recipe and this is really remarkable. Thank you so much!

  70. Carolyn says:

    Such a cute pic, and an amazing looking stew! Can’t wait to make it! I’m going to throw a cup of it in my turkey meatloaf for moisture!

    I feel GREAT when I eat beets. They are…um, cleansing. And delish.

    Good work, Katie. Love your stuff!

  71. A million veggies? I’m DOWN! My ideal meal (which I have twice a day usually) is a HUGE bowl of veggies with either plant protein (beans) or animal protein (usually fish, chicken or turkey). I saute the veggies, or sometimes steam them, and pile it all up in a bowl. Man, it’s so delicious!

  72. Sharla says:

    I call these type of meals “kitchen sink soups” because really you can just add anything! Looks yummy!

    I got a juicer for Christmas and cannot believe how great I feel after a fresh juice! It’s like a bolt of energy and health!!

  73. Lisa says:

    I made this stew today except I substituted brocolli and cabbage for the mushrooms. It was delicious!! I’ll definitely make this again and again. Thanks!

  74. Kayla says:

    You guys both look amazing!!

    As does this stew. Lol. I was wondering, as I’m the only one in my family who doesn’t eat red meat, and they have red meat a lot, does this freeze well? My mother is always nagging at me that I’m not going to get enough protein.

  75. Marisa says:

    WOW. I skipped the spinach because I wanted to have enough for a salad, and I kind of ignored the cooking times and just threw things in the order I had them chopped up, but even so – this is delicious! I know for you to post a non-dessert recipe, it must be reallllyyyy good, but this is especially delicious! Thanks Katie!

  76. That turquoise color is just gorgeous on you! I always feel healthy after drinking a freshly juiced juice filled with fresh fruits and veggies. They always make me feel like I’m on the right track :)

  77. Valerie Bell says:

    This looks sooo good!!
    The food that makes me feel healthiest and energetic when I eat it is probably either veggie burger (made with soy, I buy the prepackaged ones and have never tried making them :/) or pinto beans! I feel like I can run a marathon when I eat foods like this! 😀

  78. LOVE that dress! The colors are beautiful and you guys look great! Happy new year to you!

  79. Daraya says:

    Mmmm! The stew looks amazing. I’ll have to make it ASAP! :) And the blue dress looks stunning on you! Is the person next to you your sister? She looks beautiful as well! Happy New Year! :)

    1. Aw thank you! Yes, that’s my sister :).

  80. Annie says:

    My favorite lunch: sardines in olive oil topped with chia seeds, with a side of fresh lettuce and tomato, sometimes paired with Gingerberry Kombucha. This meal always makes me feel really healthy. I just love fresh veggies in general, and fish, and the occasional lean organic beef. Also granola – I LOVE dark chocolate granola with almond milk – this is one of my favorite breakfasts. :)

  81. Ashlee says:

    Made this tonight, and eating it now. It is so good!! I didn’t have fennel seeds, so I put in a few anise seeds and a little extra cumin (per some suggestion substitutions). Also didn’t have any lemons to zest, so I used about half a teaspoon of bottled lemon juice. My dad, who does not like tomatoes, is going back for seconds right now!

  82. Caitlin D says:

    Is there anything I can substitute for the mushrooms? Don’t hate me, but some people in the family aren’t fans!

    1. Sure! Extra carrots would be good, or parsnips, peas, maybe even some sweet potatoes…

  83. SARAH D says:

    Made this yesterday (using the slow cooker method) and it was really yummy! I was glad that the fennel seeds blended in well, because I don’t love fennel or anise flavor. I am afraid my cumin-hating mother probably would not eat this, even though it doesn’t have a strong flavor, but that’s her loss. Thanks for the recipe…I would have never found and fallen in love with lentils without you!! Your sloppy joe lentils are still my favorite!!

    1. Marie says:

      How long did you cook it in the slow cooker? Did you just put it in and leave it or stir occasionally?

  84. JAG says:

    Made this last night…delicious! The fennel seeds and meat like texture of the mushrooms & lentils make it taste like a chunky sausage veggie stew or would be killer as a topping over spaghetti squash and/or pasta. Great recipe…thnx!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Also..made it without a drop of oil…still yummers!

  85. Emily says:

    Chocolate Covered Katie – Helping me be healthy, lose weight, eat more veggies, try new things, and actually stick to Weight Watchers since last spring. Hearts and hugs all around. I know I’ve said it before, but if I ever am in your area for any reason, I’m finding you and giving you lots of thank yous and flowers. My husband will too, because he really likes your chocolate recipes the most!!!

  86. Melanie says:

    Made this for supper and I’m eating it right now — sooo good!!

  87. Emily says:

    Yum! It was a wonderful coincidence that on the day I was going to look for a good chili/stew recipe for a cold day, you happened to post this recipe! I made it the very first day you posted and was enjoying the leftovers for several days after that! I added some homemade seitan for a protein boost and had roasted sweet potatoes on the side- a perfect wintery dinner! Thanks, Katie, for posting a variety of recipes! The desserts are my favorite, but it’s fun to see the other kinds of delicious things you make as well!

  88. Molly says:

    I’m studying abroad and having to cook for myself for the first time. I made this stew tonight and even though I was winging the measurements because my kitchen is understocked, it turned out wonderfully! And I love that it makes so much because now I will have meals ready for nights to come.

  89. Crafty Vegan says:

    The stew sounds lovely! Though I think I’d make it using split peas instead of lentils – Although I used to LOVE them , turns out I’m allergic :( Rather annoying for a vegan!
    I always feel healthy after eating salads, or raw meals :) They take a bit more time to prepare, but I always feel so refreshed! Zuchinni noodles, with tomatoes and a nut-cheese sauce is my favourite, and I start the day with a salad =] Strange to some, but hey we have to do what’s right for us! Love the dress by the way =] Happy new year!

  90. Crystal says:

    Excellent. Does one really have to cook the vegetables before the crockpot?? I get the onions but the rest? Can’t wait to try.

  91. Andrea says:

    I just made this, and it was delicious! I love how there are so many fresh vegetables in it. :) I even used diced tomatoes from our garden that my grandma had canned! I am definitely set for meals for the week!
    I always feel healthy after eating fruits and vegetables, or anything unrefined. I like knowing that what I am putting in my body is natural!

  92. Bendy and I Know It says:

    This recipe is SO delicious! I halved it (made it for myself) and since I can’t stand mushrooms I replaced them with extra carrots and bell peppers. I was so nervous to add the lemon peel as I thought it’d taste lemony – but it turned out so well and not lemony at all :)

    I’ll definitely make this again, it’s such an awesome way to get veggies and protein!! thanks Katie!

    And in answer to your question, I always feel healthy when I eat veggies raw or cooked in mass amounts (ie in recipes like this), drink homemade smoothies, eat oatmeal….basically everything in my diet, actually. I avoid GMOs, am Celiac so can’t eat gluten, am vegetarian, and basically that leaves unrefined grains & fruits & veggies…and Endangered Species dark chocolate of course. yum yum!! 😀

  93. Amy says:

    I made this last week and was so in love with it that I shared your website and recipe at my Weight Watcher meeting this week. The leader even wrote your website down on the board to share for the rest of the day. Hopefully you will get some new followers and I will lose another 4lbs next week. Thank you for the great recipes!

  94. Jennifer D. says:

    This is simmering on my stove right now. It smells lovely! Both kids like the smell (2 yr and 8 yr) but we will see how they eat it. :) One is picky and the other doesn’t like mushrooms.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  95. Jill K says:

    This is the first (of hopefully many!) recipes I’ve made from your website. It turned out great!! 5 stars for sure and I can’t wait to make it again!! Thank you for sharing!

  96. Hallie says:

    I guess I’m in the minority, but I did find the recommended amount of lemon zest overwhelming. It seemed like too much to me but I went ahead and added it all. I would recommend adding a little at a time and tasting as you go, or letting each diner add it his or herself. My husband definitely noticed the lemon but still liked it, while I thought the dish tasted like I added soap! Adding soy sauce helps, but I can tell it would have been delicious with less lemon so I will definitely make it again.

    1. Anna says:

      Woah. I guess I’m the minority too. I love all the veggies but adding the lemon just threw the flavor of this dish way off for me. I did what Hallie recommended and balanced that soapy lemon flavor out with tamari. It made all the difference and now I enjoy the stew! Oh and instead of sauteeing in the beginning I just added everything to the crockpot (except spinach and lemon…. and tamari) and cooked on low for 6 1/2 hours. Texture came out perfect for anyone wondering.

  97. Teresa says:

    I finally got around to making this; it’s delicious. Thanks so much for posting this one. I love soups and stews, especially this time of year. I think the only change I’ll make to this next time is to chop the mushrooms into small pieces instead of slices. One of my roommates doesn’t like the texture of mushrooms. But he’ll eat them just fine if they blend in with the rest of the ingredients.

  98. Natalie says:

    Green smoothies. The ones that are half spinach and the other half Greek yogurt, raspberries, blueberries and water. Makes me feel AMAZING!!

  99. Samantha says:

    Great recipe, I have done it twice now. I omitted the lemon, but added can of coconut milk at the end when you add the spinach.

  100. Mex says:

    I just ate two bowls of this.
    I was low on mushrooms so added a zucchini and a little squash.

  101. Katie says:

    I understand that tomatillos have a citrusy flavor. If I add them to the recipe, do you think I could skip the lemon? Or would it be inadvisable to add them at all?

    1. Katie says:

      I actually tried this and added three to the recipe. Other than the slightest spike in citrusy flavor, it tasted exactly the same. Thank you though!

  102. Robin says:

    Just wanted so stop by and say how much I loved this recipe! I made it a few weeks ago for my non-vegan (but supportive) parents and they loved it! There’s just three of us so we had some awesome leftovers for the week. I replaced the mushrooms with some different veggies and the whole thing turned out perfectly. Thanks Katie, I love your dinner recipes!

  103. Wendy says:

    Hi Katie, I LOVE your site & recipes- cannot wait to try them! I don’t have a laptop so is there an easy way to print the basic recipe since my PC is not in the kitchen?? Thanks!

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      The best way to print is to hi-light the recipe itself, right click and hit copy; then open a new Word document and hit paste. Then you can name the recipe and save it in a CCK folder, and print that document as needed.

      1. Bonnie says:

        quite a lot of work to get it printed isn’t there some way the web site could have a print button. I’m 70 & quite computer illeterate

        1. All newer recipes (recipes posted in 2015 and beyond) do have a print option, thanks to reader feedback like yours! :)

  104. Shirley says:

    Thank you for some very interesting veggie recipes, I am so tired of finding some sort of meat in each recipe I look up, so thanks and I will be visiting your website more often.

  105. Caitlin Garstkiewicz says:

    How long would you suggest cooking it in the crock pot? I am just beginning using a crock pot for meals, so I am new to this! Thank you!

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      Cook until lentils are tender. Time will depend on your crock pot.

  106. Becca Schwager says:

    I made this tonight and it was super good! I didn’t have fennel seeds so I used dill weed instead. Still great! Next time I’ll make sure I make it way in advance because I didn’t end up eating it until 8:00 by the time the lentils were soft. :) Thanks for the recipe!

  107. Brooke says:

    Hi Katie,
    I just wanted to take this time to let you know how much I appreciate this blog and all the effort you put into it for all of us readers. I have been a avid follower of this blog for about two years now, and I am only 14 years old! I was looking for references to lead a healthier lifestyle, and your recipes have helped me to accomplish this, along with a few other factors such as exercise and overall more of an understanding of my own wellness. Some of my favorite recipes are this one, your banana pancakes, 24 carrot cupcakes, and crustless pumpkin pie- all of which have been approved by my dear not-so-healthy siblings and tasteful parents! It helps me a lot to have a variety of interesting recipes so that making and eating healthy meals and snacks does not become tiresome. I also read every single one of your posts and love how you are so personable and friendly to your readers and seem like a wonderful person in general. Thank you so much for helping me onto a better, healthier path! I hope you receive enough gratitude for what you do!

    P.S I have yet to become a vegan, but I have gone from a flexitarian to a vegetarian over the past few months. I’m hoping to switch over completely sometime in the future, but for now being in a meat-loving family it is too difficult and cumbersome! Thanks for inspiring me!

  108. Brooke says:

    Hi Katie!
    I previously typed up a very long comment but I do not think that it posted. I’ll summarize it instead. So, I am a 14 year old girl who has been reading your blog for 2 years now. Your blog was one of the first outside resources that helped me begin a healthier lifestyle. I appreciate the effort you put into all your recipes and the kindness you show to all of your readers, and I can’t thank you enough for all of the variety of recipe ideas you have given me. My absolute favorite recipe on this website is this one, and my entire carnivorous family approves as well! Thank you so much for all that you do.

    1. Thank you so much, Brooke! Sometimes messages automatically go to my spam folder for no apparent reason… sorry if that happened to yours. I really appreciate the sweet words!

  109. Kath says:

    do you have a print button ?

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      What you can do is this: High-light just the recipe itself, then right-click “copy;” then open a new Word document and right-click “paste.” You can then name the file and save it to a CCK recipe folder, and print it from there.

  110. Tonia says:

    Just bought all the ingredients for the stew tonight. Will be making it this weekend. Thanks!!!

  111. Tasha says:

    Delicious!!!! I added chicken by cubing 6 breasts, marinating it in lemon and black pepper and a handful of flour. Then I cooked the chicken and added it to the stew. So good!!! I also added a spoonful of non fat plain greek yogurt to my bowl to make it creamier. :)

  112. norm says:

    I would love to make it, but it would be to costly to go out and try to get all the ingredients. People would eat healthier if recipe makers would keep in mind that not everyone can spend $50 bucks to make one dish. That’s how much the ingredients I didn’t have were going to cost when I went shopping for what I didn’t have at home.

  113. Rachel Melissa says:

    Hey Katie!!! Do you have a suggestion for someone who hates mushrooms? I really want to try this recipe out!

  114. Judith says:

    Hi Katie! You are a wonderful cook, though you obviously alreasy know that!
    Just did this and it is delicious! I squeezed some extra lemon on top just because I love lemon! Way to go, Katie!!

  115. Ainsley says:

    Off to the grocery store to buy a million veggies! So excited to make this dish. Thanks again, Katie!

  116. Kathleen says:

    Thanks Katie,
    This was so delicious! It was the perfect dinner for a day when the fam had some time to spend together chatting and chopping veggies so it was doubly wonderful. We followed it up with a homemade apple blueberry crumb pie. Lots of veggies and fruits today!
    Happy New Year!

  117. maria says:

    OHMYGOSH! So good! So yummy! So thanking you!

  118. Kari says:

    I subbed some cabbage for the celery, used red lentils and felt skeptical about putting the box of mixed greens (chard, kale and spinach) in the pot. It’s so thick!!
    I put it in anyway and kept my fingers crossed. Don’t have lemon zest, used lemon juice (fingers crossed again).

    It turned out really good. My kids even ate it!

  119. Sari says:

    Hey Katie– thanks for the fab recipe!! I made it today in the crockpot. For any other crockpotters out there–

    I followed Katie’s instructions for cooking all the veggies prior to putting them in the pot. Then I added the spices, etc., but I used 2.5 cups of veggie broth. I also used diced tomatoes with chilies for an extra kick. (I omitted the tomato paste, but only because I didn’t have it on hand. Next time I will make sure I have it!) I set my crockpot to low for 8 hours, and added the spinach in when I got home. Delish!! Thanks Katie!

  120. Kathleen says:

    Delicious and so healthy, this goes in my favorite recipes! I subbed cabbage and summer squash for the mushrooms, lemon pepper for the zest, homemade unsalted broth and did not add the salt. I am not a big fan of fennel, so started with 1/2 of the amount and then added the other half and it tasted even better. I also like it served cold, it is quite refreshing on a hot day. Thanks for posting!

  121. Bonnie says:

    where is the print button????

  122. Marion Bell says:

    Gidday Katie,
    Howya going mate?