Savory Lentil and Vegetable Stew with Crispy Kale

  • 1 cup lentils, soaked overnight
  • 5 cups water (or chicken stock)
  • 2 inches alaria sea vegetable or wakame
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 leek, cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces (use both white and green part of leek)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 parsnips, diced into ½ inch pieces
  • 3 carrots, diced into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 red potato, diced into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1½ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • Crispy Kale

Discard the lentil soaking water. Bring lentils, alaria and five cups fresh water to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook 35 minutes. In a separate soup pot, saute olive oil, cumin, leek and garlic 2-3 minutes. Add parsnips, carrots, potato, thyme, sea salt and black pepper.

Pour the cooked lentils and alaria into the pot with the sauteed vegetables. Cover and bring back up to a boil. Reduce heat to medium/low and cook 20-25 minutes. Remove 1/3 of the ingredients and puree in a food processor or blender for a creamy consistency. Return the puree to the soup and garnish with Crispy Kale.

Yield: 6 Servings

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  • Doug

    This is a great recipe! Do you have the nutritional information for it (or at least the calories)?

    • Hi Doug – No, I don’t have the calories or fat grams or anything like that. I don’t use those measurements in my recipes. Here’s a good rule of thumb: Eat things that are delicious, chew them well, and then stop eating before you burst. Enjoy!

  • Meghan

    Can’t wait to make this, it looks so yummy! Darn it on having to soak the lentils overnight, I wanted to eat it today, lol!! I guess all good things come with patience! Thanks for sharing:)

    • @disqus_D3Qg7UzIcQ:disqus – actually you don’t have to soak the lentils (all the time), but it does make it easier to digest them.

  • eva

    what is celeriac root? And could I find it at Sprout’s?

  • Nel

    when do we use wakame? Thanks

    • @disqus_EPKuLFlULN:disqus – you would add the alaria or wakame at the beginning when you are cooking the lentils.

      • Nel

        thanks, I did not notice “alaria” when I read the recipe 1st time, it’s right there. oops 🙂 I guess it’s because I never saw this word before.
        Thanks for the information. After 1 year on candida diet and still testing positive I’ll try GAPS now. Are lentils OK on GAPS?