Lots of cold-weather cooking can be made easy

Published 9:00 am Sunday, January 1, 2017

As the chill settles in, comforting, warming, seasonal favorites like stews and soups become top of mind. However, with busy work schedules, there’s often not enough time to prepare them during the week.

When Carrot-Lentil Stew is on the menu, time isn’t an issue. It’s ready in under an hour, plus it’s packed with healthy ingredients and robust flavor. Start with quick-cooking lentils, add nutrient-rich vegetables, vegetable broth and the secret ingredient: a jar of Aunt Nellie’s glazed sliced carrots. The perfectly cooked carrot slices and their flavorful sauce add texture, flavor and vibrant color to the stew, which needs only 10 minutes to cook.

Serve topped with fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese for another splash of color and an extra layer of flavor. This vegetarian stew can easily be adjusted to include chicken sausage for even more protein. 

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Vegetable Stew

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4


1 cup dry lentils

3 cups fat-free, reduced-sodium vegetable broth, divided

1 cup water

3/4 cup chopped onion

3/4 cup sliced celery

3/4 cup chopped bell pepper

1 can (14 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes

1 jar (15 1/2 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s glazed small sliced carrots

1 large clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped, fresh parsley

Shaved Parmesan cheese (optional)


Rinse lentils and drain. Place in Dutch oven or other large saucepan. Add 2 cups broth and water. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes (lentils should be slightly undercooked).

Add onion, celery, bell pepper, remaining broth, tomatoes with liquid, carrots with liquid and garlic. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes, until liquid is reduced as desired and vegetables are just tender. Stir in parsley. Serve topped with Parmesan, if desired.