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I found fresh turmeric at the supermarket & just had to try it out. It looks like that photo above – but that photo does not really get the grub-like visual it sometimes has. I used 1 2-inch piece of it chopped into the stew but I can’t say what flavor it added so – if you can’t find it – skip it. Powdered turmeric will do. Google turmeric & learn of its many health benefits. It is very good for you & has that gorgeous color – so I love using it.
This stew was born because I re-upped my membership to Farm Fresh to You & I had lots of fresh veggies to use. This makes a shitload of stew but it is delicious & freezes well. I have been eating it for lunch at work all week and I am never disappointed by the flavors. I used this 6-quart Crock Pot and it was filled to the brim – so – get ready to either feed a lotta folks or to freeze some for future use.
I have to remark here how much better the local organic carrots I got from Farm Fresh to You tasted than supermarket carrots. They were bursting with sweetness! If you have a local produce delivery service near you – I recommend trying it out. Support local farmers & get fresher produce. It is a win-win.
Vegan Coconut and Turmeric Lentil Stew with Kale for the Slow Cooker
Feeds a party
1 lb lentils (I used pink ones- despite the fact that they look yellow because of the turmeric)
7 cups vegetable stock
1 can coconut milk (I used lite)
4 tomatoes – diced
1 onion – diced
2 jalapenos – seeded & minced (I left the seeds in for extra kick)
1 head Kale – chopped
4 carrots – sliced
4 cloves garlic – chopped
3 TBS fresh ginger – minced
2 inches turmeric root – peeled & minced (optional)
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
2 pinches cayenne
1 TBS ground coriander
1 TBS mustard powder
1 TBS turmeric
GARNISH – cilantro, chopped tomatoes, chopped jalapenos
Put everything in the slow cooker & leave on high for 5 hours.
Shit don’t get easier than that.
If it is too thick – add water. If it is too thin – take the lid off & leave on high. It should thicken up in an hour or so.