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French Lentils With Chard

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  • Servings:

    6 (182 g) as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    10 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    60 minutes


A perfect dinner for those nights when you could just use something hearty and warm, this classic French lentil stew is a vegetarian delight. Simple to prepare and comforting to the senses, once you make this, you'll want to keep lentils on hand more often. If you can't wait around for the lentils to cook, start the dish in the morning and let the softened savories, lentils, herbs, and broth cook in the slow cooker for 4 hours on high or 6 on low and add the greens twenty minutes before serving.
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh parsley
1 lb. French lentils
Pepper to taste
1 bunch Swiss chard, stemmed and coarsely chopped
French Lentils With Chard


1. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed pan. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften (3-5 minutes). Add the carrot and celery and cook, stirring, until all the vegetables are tender (4-5 minutes). Add the garlic and continue to cook, stirring, until fragrant (30 seconds).
2. Tie the herbs together. Add the lentils, 2 quarts of water, and herbs to the pan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until lentils are almost tender (40 minutes). Remove the herb bundle and add pepper to taste.
3. Stir the chard into the simmering lentils. Cook until the lentils and greens are tender (5-10 minutes).*Optional garnishes have not been included in the rating of this recipe.


Nutritional Facts
Servings 6 (182 g)
Base Nutrients
Calories 317 kcal (16%)
Calories from Fat 30 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 3 g (5%)
Saturated Fat 1 g (3%)
Cholesterol 0 mg (0%)
Sodium 146 mg (6%)
Total Carbohydrates 55 g (18%)
Dietary Fiber 10 g (40%)
Protein 20 g (34%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C 24 mg (27%)
Calcium 74 mg (6%)
Iron 6 mg (34%)