Eat– for Good Health

A four to six quart Crockpot is a handy size when making this Quinoa Vegetarian stew–

Crockpot Quinoa Red Lentil Soup


  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 3/4 cup small red lentils (masoor dhal)
  • Optional: 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 small head cauliflower OR 2 medium potatoes bite size pieces OR 1 med. zucchini, large dice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded
  • 6 cups water or soup stock
  • 1/2 tsp gr cumin
  • 1/2 tsp gr fennel seed
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp gr coriander
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaf or 1 sprig fresh
  • 1 tsp dried basil or 1 Tbsp minced fresh
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary leaves or 1 sprig fresh
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste and fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp minced fresh herbs: parsley, cilantro or basil
  • Optional: 2 cups chopped fresh greens: kale, chard, or spinach
  • More Heat: Add 1/2 – 1 tsp green curry paste OR 1/4 tsp cayenne powder

Crockpot Directions:

  1. Rinse the quinoa and red lentils in a bowl or pan, then drain into a colander
  2. Peel the carrots, slice lengthwise, then slice in thin pieces
  3. Wash and trim the celery stalks, then slice crosswise in thin pieces
  4. Break or cut the cauliflower into large chunks – these will break up into smaller pieces as they cook
  5. Combine olive oil, quinoa, lentils, herbs & spices, fresh ginger and jalapeno in the crockpot, and cover with the 5 cups water
  6. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or more if needed
  7. 20 minutes before serving, turn the heat up to high and stir in optional greens
  8. Just before serving, add the minced fresh parsley, basil or cilantro, salt & pepper, and serve, removing the ginger slices, bay leaves, and cinnamon stick.

8 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Actually we’re heading for Atlanta. My mother would be crushed if we didn’t come. But we’ll be around for the Soaring Hawk December block party. Who’s coming to your house on Thanksgiving?

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Six or seven this year– the girls and us and also my sister Beth and her husband Jeff. Son Teddy (an RN) will work on Thanksgiving. We always have two Thanksgiving dinners so that we can have one for Teddy.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    I’m not counting on it. Our fireplace will be demolished and replaced with stacked fieldstone on December 12th– I’m not sure of the work schedule. We might be hanging our Christmas stockings on the stairway this year.

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