Easy Trader Joe’s recipe: Lentil Stew

I’ve never written a recipe before, so please be forgiving as I share these instructions. I make this lentil stew dish about once per week and it takes no time at all. I have served it to all three sets of grandparents and they all (claimed to) like it. Plus, I started giving it to my daughter when she was about 10 months old and she loved it. It’s packed with nutrition, so while eating a tomato soup-based lentil stew with one’s chubby little fingers is disgusting and messy, I can’t complain.

All of my ingredients are from Trader Joe’s.  If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s, you might have to cook your own lentils in which case, 90% of the convenience of this recipe is gone.  But, for you Trader Joe’s shoppers, here are the details for my favorite Easy Lentil Stew:

Ingredients:

+ Half a box of Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup
+ One package of pre-cooked steamed lentils (found in the refrigerated section near the pre-cut veggies)
+ 1 tsp cumin
+ sweet potato chunks (optional)

Easy Trader Joe’s recipe: Lentil Stew

Excuse the appearance of the sweet potato. I guess I only washed half of it.

If you are adding sweet potato, dice about 3/4 cupful and place in a microwavable container such as a pyrex measuring cup. Cover with water and microwave for 4 minutes. Drain and set aside. (I leave the skin on but I am kinda crunchy that way.)

Easy Trader Joe’s recipe: Lentil Stew

Empty contents of lentil package into a medium-sized pot. Shake container of soup and pour over lentils until covered. Heat with medium fire, stirring occasionally.

Easy Trader Joe’s recipe: Lentil Stew

Add cumin. Add sweet potato (or don’t). Cook until heated all the way through.

Serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan and some seeded crackers.

Easy Trader Joe’s recipe: Lentil Stew

This simple lentil stew stores easily in the fridge and is a great way to entertain a friend for lunch or to feed yourself a dinner more nutritious than cereal for two nights when your partner is out of town.

Kid-friendly? You tell me. I have one who will eat a man-sized portion and another who wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole.