March 23, 2015

Meatless Monday: Crock-Pot South Indian Lentil Stew

Meatless Monday: Crock-Pot South Indian Lentil Stew
Happy Monday! Is everyone ready for the start of a new week? Sometimes I feel like I'll never be able to get out of bed on a Monday without tugging my eyes open. Does it ever get easier?! 

I've been trying to follow Meatless Monday for over a year now and I've been really successful. It's alot of fun to look for new recipes to try out and to plan out a meatless day! I was a vegetarian full time back in high school so it feels good to take one day off a week and give my body a little meat break. I especially like when I can find recipes that I can make ahead of time! I made this South Indian lentil stew on a Sunday then packed it into individual portion sizes so it's easy for me to grab and reheat for a quick dinner on a stressful Monday!

The original recipe doesn't call for any goat cheese but its tanginess is suuuuch a perfect addition to the flavorful, spiced stew. It's suggested to serve this over rice but I just ate it straight from a bowl and it was great! 

Crock-Pot South Indian Lentil Stew
Recipe modified slightly from Weight Watchers
Serves: 6 | Serving Size: 1 cup | PointsPlus: 6 (will increase to 8pp with goat cheese)
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dry lentils
    • I used green since that was what I had on hand
  • 15-oz. canned diced tomatoes
  • 10-oz. chopped frozen spinach
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp ginger root, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
    • I used parsley since I didn't have cilantro, either works!
  • 2-oz. goat cheese (optional)
Directions
  • Combine all the ingredients except lemon juice and cilantro in a slow cooker. Cook until lentils are soft, about 6 hours on low
  • Stir in lemon juice and cilantro
  • Top with goat cheese (optional) and additional cilantro
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