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This is a family favorite and it seems like a good recipe for your way of eating, Dee.  It is really a Carrot, Coconut, Lentil Stew but we just call it Coconut Stew.


2 c dry red lentils
1 c. medium spiced salsa (I use Muir Glen organic or Newman's)
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 large or 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
3 large carrots, sliced (or two cups baby carrots)
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. fenugreek
1 tsp. sea salt
1/4-1/2 tsp lemon pepper
6 cups vegetable stock
1-2 cans coconut milk (experiment to taste)
unsweetened shredded coconut
lemon juice, optional
cilantro, optional

1.  Rinse red lentils and soak overnight in 5 c water.
2.  In a large pot (at least 5 quarts), heat oil over medium heat.  Add onions and carrots.  Cook about five minutes, stirring often.  Add garlic and stir for another minute.
3.  Add turmeric, fenugreek, cumin, salt, and lemon pepper and stir for a minute.
4.  Add salsa and bring to a boil.
5.  Stir in vegetable stock and lentils.
6.  Bring to a boil, stir, then lower heat and simmer for an hour.
7.  Add coconut milk and if you want, stir in some unsweetened shredded coconut (to taste--I never measure, I just throw some in, or you can have people sprinkle it into their individual bowls if you prefer a smoother stew).  Simmer for another hour or so, until lentils are completely cooked.

Serve in soup bowls.  If you wish, add lemon juice to individual bowls to taste.  Garnish with shredded coconut or cilantro if you want.

We always serve this over basmati rice with a side salad.

Bon appetit!


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Reply with quote  #2 

WOW!!!!  Sounds Dee-licious!  I can't wait to try it! 

Dee McCaffrey

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Reply with quote  #3 
That does sound good!

We have to avoid tomatoes, onions and garlic, though.

Any suggestions on other flavors to replace them?  Or just leave them out completely?



Posts: 23
Reply with quote  #4 
Hi Janet,

I do not know what you could replace the salsa, garlic, and onions with to get the same flavor stew.  If you leave them out I imagine it would be very different.  If  you do try it, please let me know if it is good.

Maybe Dee has some ideas?



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Reply with quote  #5 
what is fenugreek and where do you purchase it?


rebecca gardner

Posts: 1,162
Reply with quote  #6 
Fenugreek is an herb with healing properties, especially for the pancreas.  You can purchase it in dry herb form or as a spice  usually from a natural food market.

Dee McCaffrey
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