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Lentil Stew

Esau and JacobI had always heard about Esau trading his birthright for a bowl of lentil pottage or stew, but for most of my life I didn’t have any idea what lentils were.

Now, in recent years, I’ve become quite adventurous in trying new foods – or actually in this case,  old foods.

Lentils have been a staple for thousands of years, as we know from the Genesis story of Jacob’s culinary achievement.

And I learned that there are at least 99 other verses in the bible that mention lentils.

lentilsSo lentils are a truly biblical food.

No wonder the lentil stew I made last night was such a hit with the ladies who came to my bible study.

And most of them probably didn’t even know that lentils provide 18 grams of protein per cup, at about 200 calories, with less than 1 gram of fat, and no cholesterol.  Wow!Lentil stew

Here’s my recipe for this very inexpensive, easy, and healthy stew.

2 pounds of lentils

2 large onions, diced

8 cloves garlic, minced

3 bay leaves

1 #10 can of chopped tomatoes

3 tbsp olive oil

3 quarts of water (you can substitute chicken broth if you prefer.)

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy soup pot and add the onion and garlic.

Cook until transparent.

Add the lentils.

Add the water and tomatoes.

Add bay leaves and bring it to a boil. 

Simmer until the lentils are tender.  About an hour.

Stir from time to time and add a little more water if it seems too dry.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve it with a nice hearty bread.