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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

    Perspectives: What’s Cooking Around the Conference

    Shannon Hodson: Carrot Lentil Coconut Stew

    February 14, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson, Writer/Editor / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Because I feel my body is my temple, my diet is at least 85 percent plant-based. I love vegetables, nuts, whole grains, legumes, seeds, fruits--foods from the earth. Also, I have been a dedicated endurance athlete for over 25 years. Nutrition is a big part of that dedication. I make sure I have a lot of antioxidants, plenty of fiber, and ample protein to fuel my performance. The recipe below is a delicious, warm lentil stew that is easy to throw together in a crockpot. Full of flavor and nutrients, this stew makes me feel good. If you consider yourself very carnivorous, I challenge you to try this. You will love it!


    • 2 Cups of Dry Red Lentils
    • 1 Cup of Medium Spiced Salsa (I like Newman’s!)
    • 1 Teaspoon of Vegetable Oil
    • 2 yellow onions, chopped.
    • 3 Large Carrots, cut in half length wise and thinly sliced
    • 5 cloves of minced garlic
    • 2 Teaspoons of Turmeric
    • 1 Teaspoon of Cumin
    • 1 Teaspoon of Fenugreek
    • 1 Teaspoon of salt
    • ½ teaspoon of lemon pepper
    • 6 cups of Vegetable Stock
    • Korean Chili sauce
    • 1 can of lite coconut milk
    • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
    • Chopped Cilantro and Unsweetened Shredded Coconut for topping/garnish


    1. Rinse lentils and soak overnight in 5 cups of water
    2. In a big soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat.
    3. Add the onions, carrots and cook for 5 minutes, stirring them until they are soft. 
    4. Add the garlic, turmeric, fenugreek, salt and lemon pepper and stir for one minute.
    5. Add the salsa and bring to a boil.
    6. Stir in the lentils and vegetable stock.
    7. Transfer this concoction to a slow cooker.  Cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or LOW for 8 to 10 hours. 
    8. Stir in coconut milk and lemon, cook for 15-20 minutes on HIGH.
    9. Add a couple of squirts of the Korean Chili Sauce.  Mix Well.
    10. Serve in soup bowls.  Garnish with cilantro and coconut.
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