January 1st, 2016 | Posted By: Magdalena Wszelaki | Posted in Adrenals, Anti-Candida, Entrees, Estrogen Dominance, Menopause, PCOS, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Thyroid

Easy Lentil Stew

Hormone Balancing Lentil Stew

Lentils are one of the easiest and most versatile foods to cook. They are easier on the tummy than their cousins – beans – and they come in so many forms and colors. Just by adding different veggies or herbs into a lentil stew, you can transform it into something totally different. So go ahead and experiment with green, brown or red lentils (the latter will cook very fast). Puree it if you like for a very warming, filling soup or a stew.

Make a big pot of lentils and freeze it up in glass containers for future meals to save time and money. Lentils keep well in the freezer for 6 months.

Lentils are extremely high in protein; this is why vegetarians use them to get a complete meal when served over rice or any grain like amaranth or quinoa. They are also rich in folic acid, which is another key micronutrient essential for balancing the hormones.

This stew is great for anyone looking for a healthy, easy meal they can make in bulk. It can be frozen and can also be used as a base and served with roasted chicken. If you are hyperthyroid, you can add spinach, chard and kale to the final cooking step, and let them be cooked by the warmth of the stew. You can also add fresh vegetables like watercress to reheated portions to give it new flavors and textures. Ah, options!

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Lentil Stew
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 lb or 450g brown lentils
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 4 medium celery sticks, chopped
  • 3 small yellow potatoes (skip if following Thyroid-GAPS diet)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 4 teaspoons dry thyme
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, roasted and ground
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups or 500g chicken stock or veggie broth
  • ⅔ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
How To Make
  1. It is recommended that you soak the lentils overnight – this is to remove the phytic acid which is often a problem for people with digestive issues. If you are not experiencing digestive issues, rinsing the lentils will do.
  2. Put the lentils in a pot with 10 cups of filtered water, add vegetables (carrots, sweet potato, celery) and bay leaf.
  3. Bring water to boil and lower the heat to simmer for about 1 hour.
  4. Meantime, sauté the onions in oil until soft, then add garlic and continue sautéing till brown.
  5. Add the onions and garlic to your soup as it simmers.
  6. Add chicken stock, lemon juice, cumin and salt in the last 15 minutes of cooking.
  7. Turn off the heat and add cilantro and parsley.
  8. Correct the seasoning with salt, pepper or cumin.
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14 Comments to Easy Lentil Stew

  1. I hav been diagnosed with a under active thyroid I hav been prescribed thyroxine I’m not overweight tho and am a size 6 but I’m experiencing problems sleeping well at night any suggestions on help foe this

  2. No, not necessarily & how rude to respond almost 2 years later. Take responsibility!

    • It’s not rude to respond later…sometimes people don’t see sites until years after they are published.
      Melody you can make it with the ingredients that work for your complicated situation.
      The herbs can be dry ones…tastes just as good…some more nutrients are in fresh herbs as not processed.

  3. Hi I not only have Hoshimotos hypothyroidism but I am diabetic an I have lupus n fibro but the main two issues are cistitis n thyroid to eat tasty food an I have a condition called Inistital Cystitis an can’t have anything acidic in my diet like lemons limes grapefruit oranges tomato’s an so on . Also nothing high in potassium or vitamen B’s ..yes eating is complicated for me . An I need to loose more weight an it’s difficult to day the least . So of course things high in protein . The stew on here requires lemon juice does it have to have to be in the stew ! Can u send me more tasty recipes an also I can’t eat chilies anymore due to cistitis . Thank you .

  4. I made this today, and with the 10 cups of water and 2 cups of broth, it turned out to be more of a soup than a stew. Any advice?

    • Hi Lynn, we’re glad you tried this recipe out. If you’re going to increase the liquids, it would be best to also increase the ingredients to make it more like a stew. Since the recipe calls for 2 cups of broth, this method would produce more of a stew than a soup. ~HB Support.

  5. Actually your recipe instructions call for 10 c or water and in the ingredients list it says 2 c of broth.

  6. Hi Catherine, thank you for pointing this out to us! This was an error on our part. We’re working on getting this corrected now. ~HB Support

  7. This plan is exciting. I want to get started. Please note that my email is correct, even if it says otherwise.

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