Nov 10, 2009

Squash and Lentil Stew



Time ,time, time! It's something that I've been press of lately. Cass has return to school after almost 2 weeks of absence, and the caching up with his homework has started. We have projects to do and books to read...

 And of course sport every day so it seems like I've been going and going and going just like the energizer bunny ( you know the one from the commercial). Finally today I have some time to finish my posting I am so behind...  :(
This dish, is one of my favorites for the fall, easy, fast and delicious. I found the recipe years back in one of my vegetarian books "foods that don't bite back". All the dishes in the book are simple and very delicious.

Ingredients:

400 gr butternut squash
1 tbsp olive oil
3 leeks chopped
1 pack (320 gr) of italian veggie ground meat ( or the same amount of any ground meat)
1 cup of lentils  ( I used green)
3 cups of vegetable stock
1 tbsp tarragon
salt and pepper to taste.

Heat a large pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and the chopped leek and sauté for 3-4 minutes until soft.



Add the ground meat and sauté for a couple more minutes.



Add the lentils.



The vegetable stock and tarragon. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.



Peel and cut the squash into bite size pieces.



After 15 minutes add the squash. Continue to simmer until the squash and lentils are cooked. Approximately 20 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.



Enjoy!

28 comments:

NOELLE said...

This looks fantastic! I think I will makes this tonight!

Laura said...

Thank you Noelle, ( bdw I love your name).

Jessie said...

that looks very comforting and tasty!

Divina Pe said...

Just beautiful. I'm not a mother but always looking for easy recipes. This is absolutely a versatile, easy and wonderful dish.

Anncoo said...

WOW! Looks so delicious.

Mother Rimmy said...

This dish looks great. So healthy too!

janet said...

Ooh I'm so excited I get to comment!(Every time I try to come here my computer freezes up for some reason)
Squash and lentils, how yummy, wish I could peel it off the screen and eat it!

Experimental Culinary Pursuits said...

I love how you used leeks in here - one of my favorite ingredients! Great fall dish!

simon said...

o,laura ce minunat arata!uite ce idee faina,mie nu-mi dadea prin gind sa adaug si carne...tot imi vine sa fac de post lintea.te pup si sa ai o saptamina frumoasa!

Laura said...

@ Jessie, Thanks, it is very comforting... :)

@Divina Pe,
Thank you, I love easy dishes as well, sometime we forget that the best recipes are the easy ones.

@ Anncoo,
Thanks, you are always so nice.

@ Mother Rimmy,
Thank you, that's a great compliment coming from you. You know healthy!:)

@ Janet,
Thank you. i have no idea why would that happen ?!
But I'm glad you were able to comment this time. :)

@ Experimental Culinary Pursuits'
I love leeks too, the original recipe calls for just an onion, but I think leeks work better. Thanks:)
@ Simona,
Poate fi facuta si de post, dar eu prefer sa am proteine, si oricum eu folosesc "carne" vegetariana. Te pup!

Drick said...

leeks are my go to item in making good soups but would never though of blending it with lentils and squash...sounds delicious...might just add ground sausage instead of the beef....great recipe...oh, glad Cass is back at school

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

Thats a great looking stew, i will have to try this one out!

Laura said...

Hi, Drick,
Probebly it's an unusual combination, the original recipe called for onion, but I love leeks so I used leeks!
The result... delicious.

Laura said...

Hello Nicci,
Thanks for visiting my blog.

abraham said...

hi that looks wonderful. would you like to try my version as well..
Squash & Red Beans

ERISSERI
http://chackoskitchen.blogspot.com/2009/08/squash-red-beans-erisseri.html


rgds
abraham chacko

Laura said...

Hello Abraham,
I would love to try your dish... I love red beans.

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I love squash, and I love lentils. I'll put this on my "must make" list.

pegasuslegend said...

hi laura this looks fantastic as usual all your posts are so informative and easy to understand thank you!

Laura said...

Thank you Andrea.

Laura said...

Thanks Claudia, You are so kind:)

Cookin' Canuck said...

What a tasty, one-dish meal! I hope you are able to slow down and take some time for yourself.

No-Frills Recipes said...

Very nutritious dish, looks inviting.

Laura said...

Thank you C.C.
I'm trying to...:)

Laura said...

Thank you No-Frills Recipes.

Kenny said...

hi laura.
gr8 recipe for the fall,any subs for squash,i don't like that veggie at all&what's italian veggie mix.next mon is a pa day.
TAKE IT EASY &TAKE CARE.
love.
rekha.

Laura said...

Hi Rekha,
If you don't like squash, you can just live it out, use 1/4 cup more lentils, or you can use sweet potatoes instead. "Italian veggie ground meat", is a vegetarian meatless ground meat. It's basically substitute for ground meat, but you can use ground chicken or turkey or beef etc.

My Little Space said...

Laura, I'm sure this would be your kind of dish, right? Lovely & so flavourful. Have a nice weekend. Cheers.

Laura said...

Thank you Kristi, same to you too....:)

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