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Trying a New Recipe…What Do You Think?

For the New Year

I’ve made it my business to try out all kinds of new recipes this year. I’m tired of the same ol’ same ol’ food we’ve been eating lately.

I like to cook enough to cover more than one night. After 24 years, my husband doesn’t mind eating the same dinner two nights in a row.

Curry powder isn’t a frequent ingredient in our food because he isn’t a big fan, but this recipe has a sweetness about it that might change his tune. I added in the coconut milk to soften the flavor but you don’t really need it.

I am trying to cook more vegan meals this year. We do eat primarily plant-based with some fish thrown in from time to time, My current goal is to move away from that approach. I’m sharing my adventure here so you too can see that eating plant-based doesn’t have to be boring and tasteless. I think it’s anything but.

This is our dinner tonight and it’s almost time to eat. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Give it a try and write your review here.


Red Lentil Stew

This recipe can be made with or without coconut milk...I choose to make it with.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 Slow cooker but you can use an Instant Pot instead


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils, dry
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk optional
  • quinoa or brown rice


  • Put all ingredients except coconut milk in the slow cooker and cook until lentils are soft
  • At the end, stir in coconut milk and cook another 30 minutes
  • Serve over quinoa or brown rice
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  1. Cindy Winsel on January 9, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    That’s great you enjoy cooking and are wanting to try different types of meals. I really don’t enjoy cooking that much. I can cook but I like simple. I am on a plan now that is simple for me to embrace healthy habits. It really looks good.

    • Karen on January 9, 2022 at 9:49 pm

      Cindy…I’m all about simple recipes. If it’s too complicated or time consuming, I have no interest. This one is easy. Anything I can thrown into the slow cooker gets my vote.

  2. Dominique on January 9, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    I like lentil stew. I will have to check this one out!

    My family is not big on eating something more than one day in a row. ..sadly!

    • Karen on January 9, 2022 at 9:50 pm

      This recipe makes at least 6 servings so hopefully you have five other people in the house to feed. It was pretty good. Even my husband said so.

  3. Shepherds Run Farm on January 9, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Check out twosleevers . com or their youtube channel. She does a video on spices that may give you some alternatives to the curry powder. I love red lentil stew – I make it with cumin and garam masala.

    • Karen on January 9, 2022 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks for the tip. I never know how to mix spices unless I have instruction. I always err on the side of not enough rather than too much. As a result, sometimes my recipes are a little bland.

  4. Tamara on January 10, 2022 at 3:26 am

    I don’t have a slow cooker / insta pot. I do have a steamer oven, would this work as well?

    • Karen on January 10, 2022 at 10:55 am

      I don’t know what a steamer oven is but it might work. I like something I can throw together and let it do its thing. That what this recipe is for me.

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