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1 Million Dollar Vegetable Stew

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.

Published on January 4, 2013

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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. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. Lauren Paradis says

    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

  6. 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!!!!!

  7. 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

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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!

  10. Olivia@OmNom Love says

    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.

  11. 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!

    • 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 🙂

  12. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says

    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 🙂

  13. 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!

  14. jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur says

    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.

  15. 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.

    • 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

  16. 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!).

    • Anna says

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

  17. Shannon @ Skinny Sometimes says

    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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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).

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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! 🙂

  23. 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!

  24. Maddie @ glutendairyfreedom says

    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 😉

  25. 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 🙂

  26. 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 🙂

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. Allison @ Life's a Bowl says

    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!

  32. Zuupdesign says

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  33. 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.

  34. Il mio dolce lampone 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.

  35. 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!

  36. Hungry Heather says

    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?

  37. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit says

    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!

  38. 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!!

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. 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! 😀

  43. Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen says

    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 🙂

  44. 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! 🙂

  45. 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. 🙂

  46. 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!

  47. 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!

  48. 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!!

  49. 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!

  50. 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!!!

  51. 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!

  52. 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.

  53. 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!

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

  56. 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!! 😀

  57. 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!

  58. 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!

  59. 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!

  60. 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.

    • 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.

  61. 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.

  62. Natalie says

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

  63. Mex says

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

  64. 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?

    • 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!

  65. 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!

  66. 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!

    • 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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!

  69. 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!

  70. 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!

  71. 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.

    • 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.

  72. 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. 🙂

  73. 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.

  74. Rachel Melissa says

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

  75. 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!!

  76. 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!

  77. 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!

  78. 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!

  79. 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!

  80. christine charette says

    Hi! I loved this recipe. Used green French lentils. Did have to make some changes though as my husband will not eat mushrooms…substituted them for 1 can of drained chickpeas and 1 can of drained kidney beans. Also added a whole block of chopped tempeh for additional protein. All else the same. Loved it and it will definitely go in our rotation. Thanks for the recipe!!

  81. drawonceaday says

    Someone needs to start a let’s play channel on youtube that just plays with random animals, but does it like they would a video game let’s

  82. Lindsay says

    Hi Katie,

    You used to have a different lentil stew on your webpage. The one without bell pepper, cumin, or lemon zest. Years ago I would make it quite frequently and was hoping to find that recipe again, but I can’t! I was wondering if you could possibly send it to me? Please?

  83. Lily says

    This is a great recipe, I’ve made it many times over the years, so good!! I actually prefer it without the lemon zest myself, but otherwise it’s perfect, and also somewhat flexible with veggies. The apple cider vinegar is key for the perfect taste! This is my favorite veggie stew, I highly recommend!

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