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Homemade Lentil Stew

on December 12, 2013

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As you may (or may not) know, I am currently homeschooling my oldest son. He is in first grade and we use an amazing curriculum called My Father’s World, we are about half way through the curriculum and totally loving it! The reason I love the curriculum so much is because it teaches the historic events of the bible as the basis and then incorporates Language Arts, Math, Science, and Geography… also, its SO easy to follow the teachers guide! Anyway, I think the reason Corban enjoys it so much is because it has tons of hands on activities that help to learn the material. So, last week we were learning about Jacob and Esau. For those who don’t know the story… Basically Esau (the older brother who will eventually receive a blessing from his father because he is the first born son) is a hunter and Jacob (the younger brother whom their mother favors and wants to receive the blessing from their father instead of Esau) is a gatherer; Jacob made a lentil stew one afternoon and Esau, who had just come in from hunting and was starving, asked his brother for some stew, so Jacob said he would give Esau stew as long as he would give him his birthright so that he (Jacob) could get the blessing from his father.. which leads to a longer story (read Genesis 27). Hope that wasn’t too confusing!! I say all that to say… with that lesson the curriculum instructed us to make a basic lentil stew. So, we made it and I added a few vegetable to it to make it even more delicious… it turned out amazing! If you like Progresso’s lentil soup, you definitely like this one (Plus it has WAY better ingredients with no additives!). So without further adieu, here is the delicious recipe for my homemade vegetable stew:

Ingredients:
1 1/2-2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 chopped onion
1 minced garlic clove
5 cups water
1 cup lentils (I used green)
4 carrots (peeled and diced)
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1 can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp each of Cumin, Turmeric, and Garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
(And any other spice you like)

Heat olive oil in a large stock pot. Next add the onion and garlic, let it saute and caramelize (about 5-7 mins). Then add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30-45 minutes or until the lentils and carrots are tender. Then Enjoy!

I made this delicious italian loaf to enjoy with it, which made it a very authentic bible times meal!

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

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