Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Turkey Lentil Barley Stew (crockpot)

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It's been snowing on and off brrrrrrr...
Comfort food is in order!  I wanted something hot, very hearty and delicious!

I also wanted to use up some of the leftover turkey as well. I mean how many sandwiches can we possibly consume?  I love hot turkey sandwiches and all, but come-on!!

This stew is hearty, comforting, low fat and downright yummy!! I also love that you can make it in the crockpot which leaves you free to shop online...

Ready for the recipe? Here we go;

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: *crockpot*/ 7-8 hrs (low)
Yield: 8-10 servings

1 cup lentils pre-rinsed
1 cup barley
2 cups diced turkey (can sub chicken easily)

2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
8 cups chicken stock or water (I used the stock I made with my turkey)
1 tbsp fresh rosemary minced or 1-1/2 tsp dried rosemary - *please don't skimp on this spice, it's downright magical in this dish*
1-1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

-Saute celery, onions and garlic in the olive oil, set aside.

-Add the pre-rinsed lentils and barley in the crockpot, add all your dried seasonings and stir till all coated.

-Add the diced turkey and canned tomatoes.

-Add in the sauteed vegetables to the crockpot and stir again.

-Finally pour in your stock/water.

-Cook on low for 7-8 hours or till barley and lentils are cooked.

Serve in your favorite bowls and get ready for a hearty comfort!  Better yet, light up candles, or cuddle up in front of the fireplace with a blanket and a glass of wine...

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi

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