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Healthy Recipe: Squash, Chickpea and Red Lentil Stew

by Health News

Looking for a satisfying, incredibly nutritious addition to the usual holiday fare? Try this recipe in your slow cooker! One serving of this tasty dish delivers 15 grams of protein, 310% of your daily vitamin A allowance, and a whopping 12 grams of fiber!

3/4 cup dried chickpeas
2 1/2 pounds kabocha squash (see Note) or butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup red lentils
4 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon saffron (see Note)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup chopped roasted unsalted peanuts
1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Directions/Preparation

1. Soak chickpeas in enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches for 6 hours or overnight (or use the quick-soak method: Place beans in a large pot with enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour.) Drain when ready to use.

2. Combine the soaked chickpeas, squash, carrots, onion, lentils, broth, tomato paste, ginger, cumin, salt, saffron and pepper in a 6-quart slow cooker.

3. Put on the lid and cook on low until the chickpeas are tender and the lentils have begun to break down, 5 to 6 1/2 hours.

4. Stir in lime juice. Serve sprinkled with peanuts and cilantro.

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