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Red Lentil, Artichoke + Kale Stew with Peppered Cheesy and Bacon Croutons

January 14, 2013 by Joan Nova in Bread, Pizza, Flatbreads, Recipe Development, So Good, Stews, Vegetables | 12 Comments

You can file this one under ‘healthy’, but don’t stop there. Tag it ‘delicious’ too. 

I’m loving the idea of using croutons in lieu of other starchier fillers like potatoes, pasta or rice. I first tried it in the Sexy Chicken dish and here it is again. I think croutons will be showing up again on these pages — especially when they involve cheese, bacon and pepper!

And I don’t feel guilty. They’re just a minor indulgence. The rest of the dish is super ‘good-for-you’!

Red Lentil, Artichoke + Kale Stew with Peppered Bacon and Cheesy Croutons
Deep flavors and an almost vegetarian stew.
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • ½ cup artichoke hearts
  • 1 carrot minced
  • 1 stalk celery minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 scallion minced
  • ¼ cup peppers minced (red and yellow)
  • few springs chopped cilantro
  • dry seasonings including cumin and smoked paprika
  • crumbled bacon
  • cheese (I used a blend of mozzarella, blue cheese and parmesan)
  • baguette shaped crusty bread cut in rounds
  • olive oil
How To
  1. Saute vegetables in olive oil.
  2. Add dry seasonings.
  3. Add broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Add lentils and kale, reduce heat and cover for about 15 minutes*.
  5. Toast small rounds of artisanal bread under broiler with cheese, crumbled bacon and lots of fresh ground pepper.
*Red lentils don't take long to cook.

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  1. I am just the biggest kale fan, so I enjoy seeing yet one more way to eat this superfood. This still qualifies as a comfort food dish too.
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  2. Just the titles of your recipes alone are enough to make me want to get in the kitchen and create. Nice, hearty recipe–now if we would just get some cold weather. No complaining though…it’s beautiful here, but unseasonably warm!
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  3. We need to incorporate more kale into our diet and this sounds like the perfect solution. Love the croutons and would probably polish them off first :)
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  4. Shannon says:

    sounds deliciously healthy to me :)
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  5. bellini says:

    I do love the addition of croutons. Everything tastes better with bacon.

  6. Lori Lynn says:

    That could be my lunch tomorrow.
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  7. I could eat lentils every day and the addition of kale…yummy!

  8. liz says:

    Have not had red lentils but believe they are in my future. Thanks for a great dish.

  9. This recipe sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it. Perfect timing too as I am trying to eat healthy, lose some weight and be fit. Steve’s taking me on a Mediterranean cruise in October and I want to look good on the beach in Cannes.

    I also love the new “facelift” to your blog.
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  10. Erica says:

    I love this dish,Joan! The flavors here are amazing!Lentils,kale artichokes, cumin and bacon! Great textures, colors and it looks beautiful!
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