Everyone needs a few hearty stew recipes in their cooking repertoire. This is a Hearty Vegan Lentil Stew that has stick-to-your-ribs character. This is a vegan recipe that is hearty enough for carnivores!
Being the mom of vegan can have it's challenges...
Especially when everyone else in the house is omnivorous.
I am always looking for vegan recipes that will make carnivores happy too!
I usually try to cook a recipe that I can either adapt to be vegan or a vegan recipe that I can adapt to be more carnivorous.
This hearty lentil and farro stew is 'meaty' enough to satisfy everyone in my house.
I use two different types of lentils, red lentils, and black beluga lentils and also farro.
Farro is a hearty ancient grain. When cooked in a soup it has a chewy texture similar to bulgar wheat.
The farro gives this stew a wonderful texture.
I also like using the farro because, unlike rice, it holds up to being reheated as leftovers. Rice always gets mushy after you've left in the fridge for a few days. Farro does not. This stew also has a curry flavor that is warming and comforting.
I think you will agree that this stew is a true crowd-pleaser for everyone in your house.
Usually, I suggest a vegan substitutions for a recipe.
But, for this recipe, I will suggest a carnivorous one.
Adding about a pound of chopped chicken or ground lamb makes this dish truly carnivore friendly. You can also boost the nutrition by adding kale or spinach - for a nice serving of dark greens.
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Lentil and Farro Soup
- ground lamb
- chicken breast or thighs
- Heat coconut oil in a large soup pot.
- Add carrots, celery and onions. Saute until tender and fragrant. (About 5 min)
- Add lentils and farro.
- Add stock, water and the spices.
- Bring everything to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer for about 20 minutes or until farro is tender.