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Home For the Holidays Day 6: Easy, Healthy & Gluten Free Quinoa Lentil Stew

Posted Dec 18 2010 7:28pm

I know it might seem like I missed Day 5 of this Home For the Holidays series, but I can assure you that there was behind-the-scenes baking done yesterday. I made cinnabun bread for my dad ( pictured here at my twitter feed), blueberry pancakes for my little brother and angeletti (Italian-style sugar cookies) for the boys in the lab. But I didn’t feel like blogging all of those goodies because I am sure you are on holiday treat overload already. So today it was back to the healthy and warm comfort of soup:

Gluten Free Quinoa Lentil Stew via That’s Fit


  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 russet potato chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp of coconut or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dry basil
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup yellow lentils, rinsed
  • 6 cups of stock (chicken or vegetable)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


In a large soup pot, on medium heat sauté the onion and garlic in the oil until tender. Add the seasonings, quinoa, lentils and chopped potato. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the lentils and quinoa are tender about 20-30 minutes. Feel free to add more stock to your desired consistency. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.

*This recipe is a breeze. It was by far the easiest thing that I made all week. I love that this recipe incorporates turmeric, the ancient root of longeivity and one of nature’s most powerful healers . Turmeric has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and wounds. This recipe also has quinoa, which the UN has called a “super crop” and is of the rare plant sources of complete protein. Quinoa is also a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorous. And let’s not forget the lentils and the potato: Lentils boast twice as much iron as other legumes and the potato twice as much potassium as a banana.

On a more personal level, a few recent messages have prompted me to include this. I am not interested in meeting people online. I blog to swap knowledge, tips, recipes, and motivation with other health foodies like me. The connections that I have made with friends in the blogging world are very dear to me and that is why I keep blogging. However, I have no intention of arranging any meetings in with people that I meet through blogging. I am happily dating an amazing (and very handsome!) medical student. I love all my readers, but please do not contact me with the intention of arranging something more.

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