RECIPE | Roasted Roots & Red Lentil Stew

This past weekend we made a trip to the farmers market to do a bit of produce shopping for the week. I was excited to see all of the great Fall produce available and Edith was excited to pick things out and to pay for them herself (with mama and dada’s $). She ended up choosing a small purple top turnip, a rutabaga, two parsnips and a handful of carrots among other things. Since I hadn’t really planned any meals around these roots I decided why not roast them up. I had some red lentils and veggie broth on hand as well and thought it might make a really great stew – spoiler it did! 

Roasted Roots & Red Lentil Stew
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  1. 1 small rutabaga
  2. 1 small turnip
  3. 1 large carrot
  4. 1 large parsnip
  5. 1-2 teaspoons olive oil
  6. 2 cups red lentils
  7. 6 cups vegetable broth or water
  8. 2 bay leaves
  9. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  10. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Cashew Cream
  1. 3/4 cup filtered water
  2. 1.5 cups raw cashews
  3. 1-1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
  4. dash of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Toss the root veggies with the olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Spread on to a parchment lined sheet pan and bake for 45-60 minutes, until veggies are tender.
  3. Pour the red lentils and water into a large pot and bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  4. Add the roasted roots to the lentils and then using an immersion blender give it a quick blend.
  5. For the cashew cream: Blend everything together in a food processor until smooth.
  6. Add a few dollops of cashew cream to the lentils to add some creaminess.
  7. Garnish with a dollop of cashew cream and a sprinkle of green onions or chives.
Naturally Lindsay

This stew is great served up with rice, quinoa or just a big hunk of bread. We also served ours up with some steamed broccoli but you could pair it with a green salad or eat it on it’s own. Enjoy!


    • Oh that cashew cream is delicious and perfect for this soup or to toss with pasta or on top of chili or slathered on crusty bread with a bit of chopped tomatoes and basil – yum!

  1. Kelley Gardiner

    Mmm, I was reading about a vegan root vegetable curry last night. This must be a sign to pick up some parsnips.

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