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Hearty and Warming Lentil Stew

This lentil stew is one of my all time favorite foods. No, this is not a joke.

My 5 year old son looooooves it and has been requesting it for lunch at least once a week for the last 3 years. The exact amount of time that he can speak! 

Actually lentils are quite popular within the toddler population. I know many say that kids don’t like them, or legumes in general for that matter, but my experience tells a totally different story. 

What I also like in this stew is that it is VERY easy and quick to make. It is also fail proof. 

Oh, and did I say cheap too?

What more can you ask for?

Well, as far as nutrition is concerned lentils are a rich source of folate, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, phosphorus, iron and zinc among others (source). That’s pretty amazing if you ask me. I just hope my daughter loves them too.

Another asset of this dish is that it can be cooked using only pantry staples. This means that you can actually cook it even if you didn’t have time to go to the grocery store.

Have I convinced you to try them already?

You can serve it drizzled with some olive oil and crusty bread to soak up all these juices!

Hearty and Warming Lentil Stew

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Joanna
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  • 2 cups Lentils
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 4 Tbsn Olive Oil


  • Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot. Pressure Cook on HIGH for 15 min and let the pressure release naturally. Alternatively add 5 min at the cooking time and use quick release. Season with salt and pepper.


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