Thursday, February 10, 2011

Split Pea and Lentil Stew

Submitted by Mandi Cooper

8 oz split peas

8 oz lentils

1 1/2 cups carrots (cut into bite size pieces)

2 stalks celery (cut into small slices)

2 large tomatoes (chopped)

1 large onion (chopped)

4 chopped garlic cloves

10 basil leaves (chopped)

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp pepper

1 tsp paprika

1 bunch of baby spinach (I used A LOT more than this- like 2 bunches)

1 (12 oz) can V-8 juice

1) Rinse the lentils and split peas well then add to boiling water & simmer until done, about 40 min. Keep checking water before this adding if water goes below beans, drain.

2) Heat olive oil in large pot, saute onions & garlic over medium heat until onions are clean(5 min)

3) Add celery, carrots, & 1 cup of water, simmer until al dente

4) Add 4 cups water & cooked lentils and split peas

5) Squeeze tomatoes and juice in the pot. Chop up the pulp of the tomatoes.

6) Add v8 juice, pepper, paprika, & basil to the pot.

7) Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer. Add spinach & simmer about 30 min.

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