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Almond lentil stew

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 3-4
Dietary Vegetarian
From Nigel Slater's Dish of the Day
This easy vegetarian lentil stew is served with cherry tomatoes and cinnamon-flavoured almonds. This meal is <a href=_http_/ calorie</a> and if served as four portions provides 351 kcal, 20g protein, 37g carbohydrate (of which 7.5g sugars), 14g fat (of which 1.5g saturates), 11.5g fibre and 1.9g salt per portion.


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and fry the carrot, celery, onion and turnip until softened – about five minutes.

  2. Add the garlic and mushrooms. Fry for a further five minutes.

  3. Add the lentils to the pan. Pour over the stock and add the herbs. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.

  4. Just before the end of the cooking time for the stew, in another pan, fry the almonds in a splash of olive oil with the cinnamon for two minutes.

  5. Add the cherry tomatoes and warm through.

  6. Serve the lentil stew with the almonds and tomatoes.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying the almonds
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 turnip, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 150g/5½oz baby button mushrooms, halved
  • 250g/9oz green lentils
  • 1.2 litres/2 pints vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • handful almonds
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered

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