The Wisdom of Meatless Monday

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Members of the WiseTribe team recently spent time getting even wiser at a conference in Denver, CO.  We bundled up when walking outside and found ourselves hankering for a nice warm meal, and this spicy, delicious and economical Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew would have hit the spot.

Ingredients for Moroccan Lentil Stew:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 stalks, about half a bunch celery
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 15 oz. can chickpeas
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb. frozen cauliflower florets
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions for making Moroccan Lentil Stew:

  1. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Sauté both in a large pot with olive oil over medium heat until softened. Dice the celery while the onions and garlic are sautéing, then add to the pot and continue to sauté for 2­3 minutes more.
  2. Add the cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper to the pot. Stir and cook the spices with the vegetables for 1­2 minutes.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), chickpeas (rinsed and drained), and cauliflower florets (no need to thaw). Stir the pot until everything is well mixed.
  4. Add the vegetable broth and bay leaf, turn the heat up to high, place a lid on the pot, and allow it to come to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, add the lentils. Stir and let it come back up to a boil, then turn the heat down to low. Let the stew simmer on low, with the lid, for 30 minutes.
  5. After simmering for 30 minutes, the lentils should be tender. Remove the bay leaf and give the stew a taste. Season to taste, serve and enjoy!