French Lentil and Root Veggie Stew

This morning I woke up, meditated and then took a nice walk around my neighborhood. It’s been “chilly” here in Los Angeles, and on my walk I even saw some trees who’s leaves were changing color. I made me think of Chicago where I grew up. Sorry LA, but your Fall has nothing on the Midwest’s. Daydreaming of being back in Chicago for the pumpkin patches, apple picking with apple cider, and haunted housing with my family. I decided I was going to make a hearty and grounding stew for dinner and I am making enough to keep in the fridge for a few days. I LOVE leftovers! 

 I used Dinosaur Kale, its my favorite. 

I used Dinosaur Kale, its my favorite. 

Here is a super easy stew I made today to fill my Fall cravings today.

Ingredients:

           1 yellow onion, diced

           7 diced carrots

           4 stalks of diced celery

           2 medium parsnips, diced

           4 cloves garlic, minced

           6-8 cups vegetable broth

           26 oz. box of organic chopped

            1 teaspoon dried thyme

            1 teaspoon dried rosemary

            1 teaspoon dried oregano

            2 cups uncooked French green lentils, rinsed

            3 tablespoons organic tomato paste

            3-4 cups Tuscan kale, roughly chopped

            Organic Red Cow no pasteurized Parmesan for serving

 Look at these stunning heirloom carrots and parsnip that I got at the farmers market this weekend. 

Look at these stunning heirloom carrots and parsnip that I got at the farmers market this weekend. 

In a large stock pot, heat 2 tablespoons of Ghee over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, and parsnips and sauté until starting to soften. Add garlic and continue to sauté.

Next, add 6 cups vegetable broth, tomatoes, thyme, rosemary, oregano. Bring to a simmer. Stir in lentils and tomato paste.

Partially cover pot and simmer for 45 minutes or until lentils are tender. Add more broth if needed, but I like this soup thick like a stew. Stir in kale. Season to taste. Super Easy! 

Xoxo L

VeggiesLindsay Raffaele