Crock Pot Vegetable Lentil Stew

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Makes: 8 Servings
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This lentil stew is full of wholesome vegetables, protein, and fiber. Although it can cook for several hours in the crockpot, the "hands on" preparation time is low.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt (optional)
1 large onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup carrot, chopped
2 cups kale, chopped
2 cups chard, chopped
2 cups dried lentils
8 cups vegetable broth (or stock)
1 can chopped tomatoes (16 ounces)

Directions

1. Sauté onion and garlic with olive oil.
2. Combine sauté mix with the rest of the ingredients in a crock pot.
3. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
4. Spoon stew into bowls to serve and top with a dollop of fat-free or low-fat plain yogurt (optional).

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Lentil Not Soft After 8 hrs! First time preparing this dish. Cooked all ingredients in slow cooker for 8 hrs on low and lentils were still hard! Very disappointed. Either need to cook on high , or increase hours. Did not soak beans overnight, maybe I need to do that next time.....or use red lentils, which is my lentil of choice, much more tender.!
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