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Slow Cooker Lentil Veggie Stew [Clean, Vegan, GF]

Have produce that you need to use up, but doesn’t look pretty enough to set out on a veggie tray? Don’t waste it! Cut it up and throw it into your slow cooker for a super easy, clean and filling vegan stew! It takes only a short amount of prep time since you can let your  slow cooker do all the work!

Slow Cooker Lentil Veggie Stew [Clean, Vegan, GF]...And A Dash of Cinnamon

It’s time for April’s recipe redux edition. This month’s theme is as follows:

Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’re challenging ReDux members to show how they reduce food waste. Whatever you would normally toss, use it up. Share tips for reducing food waste in meal planning, prep or using up scraps.

I think this is a FANTASTIC challenge. I cannot believe the food that is wasted on a daily basis and I strive each and everyday to not waste anything. I know that this can be very difficult for a lot of people, but just because your produce is not perfect, doesn’t mean that it cannot be used!

Since I often buy in bulk to cut down on costs, I often have way more than I could use before items go bad. My solution? The freezer. I really wish people made more use of their freezers! I often immediately come home and chop up my produce and stick it in the freezer for later so that I don’t waste anything. Pretty much anything can go in the freezer as well, including produce such as avocado!

As for more than ripe foods that you’ve already got in your fridge, check to see if you can salvage it. Perhaps you just need to cut out a few spots instead of throwing it all away. Have wilted celery? Sure you may not be able to chop it up and eat it in a veggie tray, but throw it into a soup! No one will no the difference. Have carrots that are growing hair, or potatoes that are sprouting? Either take those bits off and still use them, or you can plant them too if you have a garden to make more produce!

How much you can save and how much you can freeze!! It’s amazing!!

Please please please re-consider either when you are buying food at the store, or when you are wanting to throw out an item that may not be perfect any more. It can very likely still be used in some shape or form.

This recipe is great if you have old carrots, celery, even onions and tomatoes (if you’ve got fresh). You can even use the celery leaves in this one to cut even further down on waste. After it is done, feel free to separate it into individual freezer safe bowls to stick into the freezer for later. Perfect to pull out for lunch, or if you need dinner in a pinch. Click on the link below to check out how some of the other reduxer’s are cutting down on food waste.
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Slow Cooker Lentil Veggie Stew [Clean, Vegan, GF]...And A Dash of Cinnamon
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Slow Cooker Lentil Veggie Stew [Clean, Vegan, GF]

Prep Time 15 minutes
Author AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1-2 carrots diced
  • 5 stalks celery diced
  • 1 can no salt added tomatoes OR 4 large tomatoes diced
  • 1/2-1 onion diced
  • 1/2 T oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 t basil
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 2-3 cans water/stock of choice

Instructions

  1. Dice all of your produce

  2. Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and then add in 2-3 cans of water (if using canned diced tomatoes or ~2 cups of liquid either water or stock of choice)

  3. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low for ~8-10 or until lentils are cooked through and veggies are soft.

I link up with Deborah and Sarah’s, and The Fit Foodie Mama’s Meatless Monday, #recipeoftheweek,Homestead Blog Hop, glutenfreefridays,  #healthyveganfridays,  What’s for Dinner, Sunday Fitness and FoodGraciousPantryKriska Marie

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  • Kriska Marie May 1, 2017, 4:43 AM

    Love the idea! Thank you for sharing it on Food Friday! 😀

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome April 29, 2017, 4:05 PM

    Sorry it took so long to visit – I’ve been off on vacation! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome April 29, 2017, 4:04 PM

    Sorry it took so long to visit – I’ve been off on vacation!

  • kimmythevegan April 26, 2017, 10:48 PM

    The veggie stew sounds really good! Filled with so many great things and so much flavour.
    And what great tips on not wasting! I’ve been really getting in the habit of freezing leftover fruit & veggies too. And at the end of the week each week, we have “leftovers” stirfry where I just toss all of the old veggies from the previous week together in a big stirfry. It works pretty well.

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon April 27, 2017, 6:13 PM

      Thank you! I think freezers are way underused in the attempt to reduce food waste. I’m so glad to hear that you are freezing your fruits and veggies! I also think that leftover stir fry you do is so perfect!

  • Sonali- The Foodie Physician April 25, 2017, 5:38 PM

    Stew is a great way to reduce food waste! And it’s so easy to make!

  • Christina Bauer April 25, 2017, 1:18 PM

    I love everything about this! Slow cooker stews are my jam 🙂

  • Louise April 25, 2017, 6:27 AM

    I love a good lentil stew. And I love it even more when I have some stashed in the freezer for emergency food. I always thank my former self for being so thoughtful! x

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon April 25, 2017, 6:00 PM

      Ha! I love that last line! I should thank myself for that as well! I usually make all my meals, but man is it nice to have a meal already prepared when you need it

  • dixya @food, pleasure, and health April 24, 2017, 5:01 PM

    i love making stews like this on a regular basis..makes a filling lunch/dinner plus so inexpensive.

  • Sarah April 24, 2017, 2:19 PM

    Such a great way to use up veggies! This would hit the spot after a nice weekend we have a really cold Monday. Thank you for linking up with us, happy Meatless Monday!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon April 24, 2017, 4:59 PM

      We had a really cold weekend here as well. It’s perfect for throwing in random veggies that you have to use up. I hope you are able to warm up your Monday with something like this!

  • Mona April 24, 2017, 1:48 PM

    Great recipe! My husand was just complaining to me that I never make lentils. He will LOVE this dish.

  • Barrie April 24, 2017, 12:47 PM

    Pinning this one- love this for lunch all week!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon April 24, 2017, 4:56 PM

      That’s exactly how I did it! Had lunch for all week ha! It was perfect. (I never had time to heat it up during the week, so I can vouch that I even enjoyed it cold)

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner April 24, 2017, 12:08 PM

    Great way to use up what you have in the house. We had another cold rainy day and I was thinking about chili myself

  • Annmarie April 24, 2017, 11:39 AM

    It’s been a while since I’ve used the slow cooker to make stew – this looks delicious!

  • Farrah April 24, 2017, 6:38 AM

    Yay for lentil stew! :] It’s such an awesome comfort-food type recipe, especially when it’s still cold outside!

  • Alison's Allspice April 21, 2017, 3:03 PM

    Soup is a great way to use up veggies that are past their prime, and I love lentil soup as well!

  • Patrick@looneyforfood.com April 21, 2017, 11:12 AM

    I love this! I hate wasting food and throwing in a dish like this is a great use for things on there last legs!

  • Mary Ellen | VNutrition April 21, 2017, 7:29 AM

    Great idea on cutting food waste – and it looks so delicious too!

    Thanks so much for linking up with us for Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m Pinning and sharing!

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