No. 1 : Quick Recipe

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Stew

  • 2 (15 oz) Cans Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • About 2 ½ Lbs Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 Large Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Large Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 Cup Red Lentils
  • 4 Cups Veg Stock
  • 2 TB Tomato Paste
  • 1 TB Fresh Grated Ginger
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • ¼ tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ Cup Lime Juice
  • 6 Cups Cooked Basmati Brown Rice
  • Green Onions, Shredded Cheddar and Nonfat Greek Yogurt for garnish

From the ingredients list combine chickpeas through black pepper in a 6-quart slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low 5-6 hours, until lentils have begun to break down and the squash is soft.  Stir in lime juice. Serve over rice and garnish with yogurt, cheese and onions.

No 2 : Kitchen Scoop

Red lentils are a traditional “dal”, used in Indian cooking. “Dal” is the word used to describe lentils, peas and beans in India. In this recipe, they not only add golden color, (they turn from red to yellow when cooked), but they also break down easily, so the flavor incorporates beautifully into the dish. If you can’t find the red – just use brown lentils Your stew will still taste delicious.


No. 3 : Clever Idea

Don’t buy pre chopped butternut just because it’s difficult to get a knife through its leathery skin. Poke the squash with your knife a couple of times and then place in microwave for about 3 or 4 minutes. Let it cool until you are able to handle it, slice off the bottom and top, cut it in half and remove the seeds. Flip it over so it is flat on your board and use a Y-shaped peeler to easily off the skin. Then cut each half again lengthwise to start prepping it to chop, making sure to keep a cut side down on the board, so you don’t cut yourself.

No. 4 : Wine FIND of the Week

Domane Wachau Gruner Veltliner (grooner velt-LEANER)
About $16.00

If you are a fan of Sauvignon Blanc, chances are you’ll enjoy this wine, too! Bright, lemon-lime, refreshing and crisp are just some of the characteristics of Austria’s unique and distinctive grape variety, Gruner Veltiner. The slightly “puckery” flavor of this aromatic white wine matches  very well with veggie dishes and soups made with Asian or Indian spices.

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