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    Red Lentil and Swiss Chard Stew

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    ellie_'s Note:

    I thought this sounded interesting and something a bit different. Bon Appetit (December 2005)

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    1. 1
      In a large soup pot or saucepan, saute the onion in oil over medium high heat for 10-15 minutes or until onion is golden.
    2. 2
      Stir in curry powder and cayenne.
    3. 3
      Add the broth and chard and increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
    4. 4
      Reduce heat to medium and stir in lentils and garbanzos. Cover pan and simmer for 10 minutes or until lentils are tender (if you use brown lentils it will take longer for lentils to be tender), stirring occasionally.
    5. 5
      Divide soup into bowls and top with sour cream or yogurt, if desired.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 26, 2011


      This recipe kicks serious butt! We went back for seconds last night and I know it will not last long enough to freeze leftovers. I love the way the red lentils cook to nothing and then thicken the %u201Cbroth%u201D. My variations:
      I used 2cups Trader Joe's low sodium chicken broth 1cup water, then added a bit of salt when done. I used 1T butter 1T olive oil. I actually first saw the recipe somewhere else where it is posted exactly the same except it added a comment about the chard "about 12 cups" which I appreciate because there is so much room for variability in "bunches" and I like things to be exact. I also used a different order for adding ingredients. I like to use the stalks as well as leaves of chard but tend to like the stalk cooked more therefore I added the chopped stalks of chard about 10min after onion. Five minutes after that added broth, lentils and garbanzos and brought to boil. After simmering 10 min I then added Chard leaves as I prefer then not overcooked. I did not garnish with yogurt or jalapenos. This really is a stew, not a soup, it is very thick and at first I thought the pot would not take the 8 or so cups of chopped chard leaves I had but it did ( added 3 cups of chopped stalk earlier = 12 cups).

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    • on January 22, 2014

      Five stars for an easy,filling, healthy recipe that is quick to make! None of our (two) grocery stores here had chard so I used spinach, adding it to the pot at the very end, letting it wilt before serving.

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    • on November 05, 2012


      Better the second day!
      So you know, the lentils don't stay we'll formed; they rather dissolve and form the basis of the stew.
      We're curry newbies, so used only 3 tsp and got a gentle kick w/ out added hot sauce.

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    Nutritional Facts for Red Lentil and Swiss Chard Stew

    Serving Size: 1 (479 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 617.7
    Calories from Fat 99
    Total Fat 11.0 g
    Saturated Fat 1.5 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 558.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 99.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 19.9 g
    Sugars 2.4 g
    Protein 36.1 g

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