Warming Lentil & Vegetable Stew
  1. First chop the vegetables into bite-sized pieces and shred the kale.
  2. Add all of the vegetables except the kale to a large pan and cook them gently for around 10 minutes. Add a splash of water if they start to stick.
  3. Add the garlic and the lentils to the pan. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes more.
  4. Pour the stock into the pan, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for around 25 minutes until the lentils are cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the kale and leave for a few minutes to wilt.
  6. The stew is ready to serve as it is or can be blended into a soup.
Recipe Notes

Fresh woody herbs such as bay, rosemary or thyme can be added with the vegetables if desired. More tender herbs are best added at the end of cooking (with the kale or sprinkled on when serving), to maintain their delicate flavour and structure.