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Crock Pot Lentil Veggie Stew

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 leeks, chopped (use only the white and light green part of the leek)
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 32 oz can of chopped tomatoes
  • 16 oz dried lentils
  • 2 cups kale or swiss chard, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the onions for 4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook an additional minute.
  • Place the onion mixture with the remaining ingredients in a crockpot and stir.
  • Cover and cook the lentils on high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 8 hours or until lentils are tender.
  • Top with desired accompaniment and serve.*
  • You can also place all of the ingredients in a large pot over low to medium heat and cover for 90 minutes or until tender.

Accompaniments

  • Serve with plain yogurt, herbed goat cheese, feta cheese, crème fraiche, or Parmesan cheese.

Notes