chard, quinoa and lentil stew

chard, quinoa and lentil stew

This was another effort of mine to get swiss chard into a meal that we enjoyed, and I consider it a success. It was one of those moments (some of you can relate to this) where I had a group of ingredients and a general idea of what I wanted to do with them, so I just searched all around the internet until I found a smart cook with the same ideas. The inspiration in this case came from a recipe on the blog Kid Tested Firefighter Approved, and I modified it a little based on what I had available and where my heart led me. It’s complex, hearty, and a great way to use some less common ingredients.

Chard Quinoa Stew Recipe

4-5 chard leaves with stems

1 medium onion, diced

8 oz mushrooms, sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups stock

1 28 oz can tomatoes

1/2 cup dry quinoa

1 cup dry lentils

2 tsp oregano

2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp rosemary

3 tb cider vinegar

1 tsp chipotle paste

chard, quinoa and lentil stew

Cut the chard leaves from the stems, and chop roughly. Dice the stems like you would celery and set aside.

chard, quinoa and lentil stew

chard, quinoa and lentil stew

Saute the onions and chard stems in a tablespoon or so of oil. Once they’re soft, add the mushrooms and garlic.

chard, quinoa and lentil stew

chard, quinoa and lentil stew

Once the mushrooms are browned, add the lentils and quinoa and stir in. Puree the tomatoes in a blender, and add the puree along with the stock to the mix and bring to a healthy simmer.

chard, quinoa and lentil stew

chard, quinoa and lentil stew

Finally, add the chard leaves, spices, and vinegar and adjust salt and spices to taste. Simmer for about 30-45 minutes, until lentils are soft, and serve!

chard, quinoa and lentil stew

chard, quinoa and lentil stew

chard, quinoa and lentil stew

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