Lentil Stew

I know, I know. This looks DISGUSTING! But it actually tastes pretty good, and it’s a vegetarian dinner full of complete protein lentils that you can spend 10 minutes on in the morning and have dinner ready before you even come home.


  • 5-6 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup dry green lentils
  • 3/4 cup dry red split lentils
  • 1 cup dry rice
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded swiss cheese (optional…Parmesan tastes good with it, too)


Either spray the inside of a slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray or put a little oil in with the stew. Combine all ingredients except the cheese (if using). Cook on low for 6 hours. You might find you’ll need to add more liquid if you’re going to be out of the house for longer. Give it a quick stir before you devour.

Makes approximately 4 servings – depending on how hungry you are