Hearty Lentils and Berries

May 27, 2010 in Wheat Berry Recipes by Webmaster

Warm your tummy and tickle your taste buds with this nutritious one-dish meal. Whether you add the browned meat or not, this nutritious dinner pot provides complete protein and is packed with many vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

  • 1 1/2 c, green or brown lentils
  • 4 c. vegetable or chicken broth
  • 4 c. cold water
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked wheat berries
  • 8 cups of coarsely chopped Swiss chard, spinach, or kale
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

In a large stockpot combine lentils, broth, and water. Bring to a boil over high heat; then reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently until the lentils are tender but not mushy, about 25-30 minutes.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cumin and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds more. Remove from heat.
When the lentils are tender, stir cooked wheat berries and chard into the pot. Simmer until the greens have wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in the carrot mixture and lime juice.

Option: Add browned meat if desired; add with carrots and onions after browning.