Slow Cooker Lentil Stew

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Well, a gloomy forecast is ahead, friends. I thought this one may be fitting for your cozy-day weekend plans. And the best part? It’s hands-off to the max so you can sit back and kick your feet up while your slow cooker does all the work 😉

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This stew is overflowing with nutrients so you can feel so good about feeding it to your family. Lentils, chicken sausage, carrots, tomatoes, kale…a rainbow of delight.

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And with one bite you’ll question how your slow cooker can yield such flavor. It’s bright, hearty and full of savory comfort. I think you’ll love it!

SONY DSCWishing you a happy Friday and an even happier weekend! xo

Slow Cooker Lentil Stew

notes: you can swap any sausage you like for the chicken sausage. I used Trader Joes Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage but kielbasa, turkey kielbasa, chorizo for a spicier stew, or any other chicken sausage will work great in here…use what you like.

Ingredients

1 1/2 Cups Brown or Green Lentils, rinsed and drained

12 Ounce Chicken Sausage, sliced into half moon shapes *see note above

1 Medium Yellow Onion, finely chopped

3 Carrots, peeled and sliced

4 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped

4 Cups Chicken Stock

1 (15 Ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes

2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste

1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

2 Sprigs Fresh Thyme

2 Cups Kale Leaves

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

Freshly Grated Parmesan, for topping

Directions

Place lentils, sausage, onion, carrots, garlic, chicken stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper and thyme in the bowl of a slow cooker and stir well to combine. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or until lentils are tender and stew has thickened. Stir in kale, dijon, and balsamic vinegar and cook, covered, until kale is just beginning to wilt, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with additional salt and black pepper and serve topped with grated parmesan cheese. Serves 6+

12 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Lentil Stew

  1. A mighty fine lentil recipe. This takes my lentil soup to a new level. I like all the nutrient richness of this recipe.

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