Vegan Lentil Quinoa Stew


Recipe time! With fall underway, I thought I’d post one of my favorite vegan cool-weather stew recipes. This is a totally ahimsa-friendly recipe, and it could easily be made sattvic by removing the onions, garlic, and chili powder. It packs a serious protein punch, costs almost nothing (less than $4.00), and leftovers (if you’re lucky enough to have any) freeze beautifully.

20 minutes prep
60 minutes cook
serves 4-6


1½ cups dry lentils (any variety is fine, but I prefer French lentils)
½ cup quinoa
4 cups vegetable broth or stock
1 medium onion
3 carrots (about 8” in length)
1 bell pepper, any color
3 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1-2 cups vegetable broth or stock

½ cup chopped green onion
a few arugula leaves


  • In a large stockpot, bring broth or stock to a boil and add lentils and quinoa all at once.
  • Turn heat to low, and let the mixture simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, mince the garlic and roughly chop onion, pepper, and carrots.  This is a recipe where you can leave the skin on the carrot, as the bitterness does not negatively affect the flavor, but feel free to peel it if you’d like.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet.  Add onion, sautéing on medium-high heat until it starts to brown, then add garlic, carrots, and peppers.  Continue to sauté until peppers start to soften and brown at the edges, about 6-8 minutes.  Add bay leaves, chili powder, and ½ cup of the vegetable broth. Place lid on skillet, and allow to simmer on low heat for another 7-8 minutes or until carrots soften.  Add additional liquid if needed.
  • When lentils and quinoa are completely cooked, add them to the vegetable mixture.  Stir until combined.
  • Puree the entire mixture, a few cups at a time, in a blender or food processor, adding broth or stock as necessary.  Return to skillet when finished to reheat for as long as is needed.
  • Serve and garnish with green onion and arugula leaves.  Serve with warm, crusty bread and plenty of hot sauce, if desired.

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