Slow-Cooker Spiced Butternut Squash and Lentil Stew

crock pot

I'm happily carving out time for cooking this week, despite my hairy schedule.  I've always found cooking to be relaxing, and I have to say it's nice to have a warm, "real" meal at the end of a long day.

My quest for flavorful slow-cooker meals continues . . . today’s recipe is an adaptation of a Better Homes & Gardens recipe I found at a great site, Fatfree Vegan Recipes.  I have de-veganized it and added some fat to it, but the option for a hearty vegan stew is there.  Veggie or not, take just 30 minutes to chop up your ingredients and throw them into your Crock-pot, then belly-up for a warm bowl of nutritious and flavorful goodness.

Slow-Cooker Spiced Butternut Squash and Lentil Stew

1 c. dried brown lentils 1 medium butternut squash, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 small onion, chopped 3 small carrots, halved and sliced into ½-inch slices 3 small celery ribs, chopped 4 cloves of garlic, minced 2 t. curry powder 6 c. low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Drizzle of nice extra-virgin olive oil for serving, optional
Greek yogurt for serving, optional

Rinse and drain lentils. Place lentils, squash, onion, carrot, celery, curry and garlic in the slow-cooker. Pour the broth over the top.  Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or on high for 4-4 ½ hours. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve in bowls, topped with either a drizzle of olive oil or a dollop of Greek yogurt, if desired.

Serves 4.