Recipe Difficulty: Easy
Red Wine Braised Lentils Recipe Notes
These Red wine braised lentils are like a warm hug. Perfect healthy comfort food for the cooler months. There is so much richness and depth happening for a simple pot of lentils. Lentils and Mushrooms are simmered with mirepoix, lots of garlic, red wine, rosemary, smoked paprika, a few other ingredients for complexity and finished with green peas and a touch of vegan butter. I really like the addition of peas but if that isn't your thing you can leave them out. I use brown or green lentils, whatever I happen to have on hand works.
This dish is delicious if you just take a taste out of the pot, but I don't find the flavour profile complete until it is served with rich mashed potatoes. That's when the magic really happens. So I guess I'm saying, don't skip that part, and this isn't the time to avoid a bit of added fat from vegan butter and sour cream in your taters either. (I don't think of fat as a bad thing anyhow. I might not want to eat rich things like this every single day, but when you are literally eating a whole food plant-based diet every single day with very little added sugar, lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, adding some fat once in a while is no big deal, it isn't the enemy. I used to say, make sure to keep the lentils al dente, but honestly, by the third day I was reheating it, the peas lost their bright green hue, the lentils had softened a bit...and it was delicious. So, like most soups and stews, I think this gets better with a bit of time.
I definitely can see myself playing around with the recipe. Maybe sometime make something similar with more mushrooms and less lentils but flavoured the same way. I can't see it being bad with other herbs, I like rosemary in this context, but fresh thyme would undoubtedly be good too.
Don't skip the Mashed Potatoes
I boiled yellow potatoes in salted water, strained, and then mashed them with vegan butter, minced garlic, chopped scallions and s&p. The amount of potatoes you would need for this whole recipe probably depends on the person. Just for reference, into 2 lbs 13 oz of potatoes (almost 3 lbs) I mashed in 1/2 cup melt organic vegan butter, 3 cloves minced garlic, and two chopped scallions. Season with s&p to taste. You'd probably need more than that for all the stew. A 5 lb bag of potatoes would likely do the trick. The garlic and onion adds a lot to the finished dish in my opinion so I personally wouldn't leave it out.
Garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Serve with different sides of vegetables. I made a grated carrot salad with raisins and pecans, and I also roasted green beans with olive oil, S&P.
Red Wine Braised Lentils Recipe
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