I found this recipe about five years ago in a magazine, and have used it many times since. It makes A LOT. (I had to buy a large stock pot just to accommodate this recipe — a traditional dutch oven will not do). It is great for when you are cooking for a crowd, but if you are cooking for just one or two you can use one of the variations on different nights so you don’t get bored. It also freezes well. Serve with a crusty wholegrain bread.
Makes 10 (2-cup) servings: 258 cals.; 18 g. protein; 4 g. fat; 45 g. carbs.; 1.54 mg. sodium; 0 mg. chol.; 12 g. fiber
1 1/2 bags (1 lb. ea.) dried lentils
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 c. chopped onions (1 12 oz. bag frozen)
2 Tbsp chopped garlic (6 cloves)
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
10 c. vegetable broth
1 can (28 oz.) stewed tomatoes
1 Tbsp. salt
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 bags (1 lb. ea.) assorted frozen vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, & red pepper work well)
3 Tbsp. wine or balsamic vinegar
Sort and rinse lentils. In a very large pot saute onions and garlic in olive oil for 4 – 5 minutes. Add lentils and cook 1 minute, stirring. Add tomato paste and cook 1 minute stirring. Add broth and spices. Break up tomatoes into pieces with back of spoon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until lentils are very soft (ab. one hour).
About 10 minutes before serving add frozen vegetables and vinegar. Heat through.
MIRACLE FAT-BURNER STEW VARIATIONS:
To one (2-cup) serving of stew, stir in any of the following and simmer 3 – 5 mins.
1/2 c. cubed firm tofu
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. peanut butter (reduced fat)
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
1 sliced scallion
1/2 c. salsa
Heat through and top with 1/4 c. shredded veggie cheese
1/4 c. frozen baby carrots
1/4 c. orange juice
1/4 c. canned pumpkin
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. tumeric
1 Tbsp. golden raisins
2 Tbsp plain soy yogurt
1 Tbsp cashews
1 tsp. chopped cilantro
4 thoughts on “Miracle Fat-Burner Stew”
I love how versatile this recipe is!
How long would it last in my refrigerator?
It will last in the refrigerator for a week at least, but I would freeze any that you can’t use in that time.
Another thing I sometimes do is make a casserole using frozen pierogies and leftover Fat Burner Stew. In a glass oblong casserole dish layer stew, pierogies, stew pierogies, stew. Bake at 350 – 375 for 45 mins. – an hour. It’s a fast and filling meal, along with a salad, that you can throw together in minutes if you have both ingredients on hand.
I love this recipe! After testing out every variation, they all make a yummy, healthy and satisfying meal. Making it tonight!!
Hi, Shannon! I’m glad you like it. It makes enough to freeze, too. Great time-saver for working Mom’s like you 🙂