Musing with Max

Musing with Max

March 21, 2012

Spring Fever

It's heeeeeeere!

Meatless Tuesday Recipe

Chickpea, Lentil and vegetable stew adapted from Dana Treat
serves 4

Olive Oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. caraway seeds
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 cup dried lentils
1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced ¼-inch thick
1 cup frozen lima beans or edamame (I used green beans)
½ cup chopped parsley
10 oz. fresh baby spinach (I used frozen chopped spinach)
lemon wedges
Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add just enough olive oil to coat the bottom and then add the onions.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the garlic.  Cook another 3 minutes.  Add the tomato paste and all the spices; stir 1 minute.  Stir in broth, water, and lentils.  Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until lentils are almost tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
Add chickpeas, carrots, lima beans, and half the parsley.  Cover; simmer until carrots are very tender, about 20 minutes.  (Can be made one day ahead.  Cover and chill.  Bring to a simmer before continuing.  Refrigerate remaining parsley for garnish.)
Stir spinach into stew in batches until wilted.  Season with salt and pepper.  Ladle into bowls with rice.  Garnish each bowl with remaining parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

We're so happy we're speechless :)

Happy Spring!


  1. Love the narcissus, the deer , Max natch and the stew yum.

    see you Monday?

    xo jane

    1. Oooh, flower Monday..need to go, fun, fun.

  2. Hi Amelia

    When I clicked on your blog, it brought back so many great memories, our first dog was a beagle named Tracy by our 3 year old daughter and what a ride...clever, stubborn, eccentric, adorable- but definitely not one to fetch a ball! Needless to say, when she departed, we decided on a cat- she was too special to replace.
    Great recipe- our middle daughter is vegetarian, so perfect for lunch.

    1. Karen, He's part beagle (which explains the barking) and part Treeing Walker Coonhound or Pointer depending on who's looking at him. When I'm looking at him he's a joy. Hope you enjoy the stew, it is quite good.