Crockpot Vegetable Lentil Stew

Nothing beats a warm bowl of stew on a cold day. And did someone say Meatless Monday?! This versatile vegetable stew recipe requires minimal prep work and can be served any night of the week. Serve our Collard Green Cornbread Muffins on the side for a hearty meal 


Serves 8

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • 1 large onion, chopped 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 cup carrot, chopped 
  • 2 cups kale, chopped 
  • 2 cups chard, chopped 
  • 2 cups dried lentils 
  • 8 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (or stock) 
  • 1 (16-ounce) can chopped tomatoes with no salt added


  1. Sauté onion and garlic with olive oil.
  2. Combine sauté mix with the rest of the ingredients in a crockpot.
  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).


  • While this recipe calls for onions, carrots, kale, and chard, you can really substitute any fresh or canned vegetables that you have on hand! Some other options might be celery, spinach, canned peas or beans, and corn.  
  • This recipe includes lentils which are a wonderful source of plant-based protein. For every cup of lentils you use, there are 32 g of protein!  
  • Bay leaves add a wealth of flavor to any recipe they are used in. However, they are not typically eaten. Remember to remove the leaves before portioning the stew into serving bowls.  
  • Did you make too much? No problem. This stew can easily be packaged into air-tight containers and frozen to enjoy at a later date. For more information on freezer meals, check out our blog on Planning Ahead with Frozen Meals. 

Black and white nutrition facts panel for crock pot vegetable lentil stew

Recipe source: USDA MyPlate