Lentil Chard Stew
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 4-6 servings
This savory stew combines lentils and chard with bone broth and curry for a true superfood meal!
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3-6 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth or bone broth, or any combo thereof
  • 1 large bunch or 2 small bunches Swiss chard, tough stalks removed, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups lentils, red or green
  • 1 lb chicken sausage (optional)
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper
  • Bay leaf (optional)
  • Spring water if needed
  1. Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic and sausage if using; sauté about 5-7 minutes.
  3. While that's sauteeing, rinse the lentils and cull them for small stones and debris.
  4. Add to pot; add broth. Mix in curry and a pinch cayenne.
  5. Add bay leaf if using.
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook at a lively simmer for about an hour, stirring from time to time to prevent the lentils from burning.
  7. Add water or broth as needed if liquid cooks down too quickly.
  8. After about 40 minutes (when lentils are not quite done but almost), add chard. It will cook down quickly.
  9. Taste to correct seasonings; add salt if needed.
  10. Add more broth or water to desired thickness (I like mine very thick).
  11. When the lentils are cooked and the chard is tender, serve piping hot in bowls. Top with sour cream if desired.
Recipe by Mary Vance, NC at https://www.maryvancenc.com/lentil-chard-stew/