This is so easy and so good.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir shredded carrot, chopped onion, and minced garlic in the hot oil until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Pour vegetable broth into the pot. Stir lentils and salsa into the broth mixture. Bring to a boil, place a cover on the pot, and cook at a simmer until the lentils are softened, about 45 minutes.

  • Season the lentil mixture with cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.

  • Stir kale into the lentil mixture. Replace the cover onto the pot and cook just until the kale is wilted, 3 to 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Use chicken broth in place of vegetable broth if you prefer.

Tip

Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

377 calories; protein 22.7g 45% DV; carbohydrates 62.2g 20% DV; fat 6.5g 10% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 1207.8mg 48% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2012
I made HALF a recipe and it made more than enough for 6 as an entree. I doubled the kale and squeezed the juice from a lemon into the dish after tasting. This dish would be good with some feta sprinkled on top. Thank you for sharing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2013
I liked this recipe. It is a Great base. If you are the only one eating from the pot, you are going to want to go ahead and set at least half aside to freeze. The salsa added a surprising amount of depth although next time I will not use store bought salsa. I made the recipe as directed and it was better the next day, but not awesome. one night for leftovers I pulled a couple cups out and I added adobo sauce, cumin and cilantro for a more southwestern flavor and another night I added turmeric, curry powder and paste and ginger for a mid-east vibe. Both were excellent...I will use the recipe as a guide for other dishes in the future. Read More
(18)
90 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 60
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2012
I made HALF a recipe and it made more than enough for 6 as an entree. I doubled the kale and squeezed the juice from a lemon into the dish after tasting. This dish would be good with some feta sprinkled on top. Thank you for sharing. Read More
(26)
Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2013
I liked this recipe. It is a Great base. If you are the only one eating from the pot, you are going to want to go ahead and set at least half aside to freeze. The salsa added a surprising amount of depth although next time I will not use store bought salsa. I made the recipe as directed and it was better the next day, but not awesome. one night for leftovers I pulled a couple cups out and I added adobo sauce, cumin and cilantro for a more southwestern flavor and another night I added turmeric, curry powder and paste and ginger for a mid-east vibe. Both were excellent...I will use the recipe as a guide for other dishes in the future. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2014
My whole family loved this recipe. I doubled the cayenne pepper but nothing else. One trick to easily remove the tough stem of the kale is to grab the thickest end of the stem with one hand, circle your index finger and thumb of your other hand around the stem and pull down. The leaves will easily be removed in two long pieces - no knives needed! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2012
This was really really good! Can't believe no one has rated it yet. The ingredients seem a bit odd especially the salsa but it all works. I used some Farro in addition to the lentils to add some texture about 1/4 cup. Otherwise followed the recipe pretty much as written. Overall a nice vegetarian alternative. Thank you to whoever posted this one. It's a keeper. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2013
Excellent recipe! I followed the recipe exactly except I used chicken broth in place of vegetable broth. I must admit I wasn't sure how this would taste I don't particularly care for lentils. But now I do! I will use this recipe as one of my regulars now. Even Husband and 3 kids liked it! PS. Remember when using kale run your knife along the edge of the stem and cut the leaves off the stem. Do not eat the stem that is the bitter part! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2013
So GOod!! And so easy! I used half lentils half navy beans (soak the beans before you add them maybe even cook a few minutes before adding since they take longer than the lentils) and the flavor was delicious. I also doubled the kale to get more greens in. For a little extra flavor I chopped some fresh cilantro and added that when I added the kale. Such a great recipe I will be making this a lot! (Even my football playing boyfriend raved about it) = Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2013
This is so easy to make inexpensive healthy and delicious! I did not change anything and don't believe anything needs to be changed. Will certainly make again and can forsee this becoming a regular part of our family meal rotation!!! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2014
Nummy! Added more lentils for a thicker consistency. Made my own salsa to add. Liked as toppings: Feta cheese sour cream and/or Greek yogurt. Makes a lot! Suggestions for leftovers are: stuff an omelet with it; enchiladas; stuffed pitas; breakfast burrito; stuffed bell peppers. Goes well with so many things. It's a keeper! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2014
I have kale in my garden and found this recipe to use it for. I love it. I really didn't think this would be good. It just didn't sound exciting but it is delicious. I used 4 c. vegetable broth and 2 cups beef because I had it leftover from something else. I won't use beef broth the next time. It is too salty. I didn't taste before adding additionaly salt which was a mistake. For next time: all vegetable broth a mild salsa so I can add cayenne. Oh and much more kale! Read More
(3)
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