January 27, 2016 15

Red Curry Lentil Stew

Red Curry Lentil Stew | @withfoodandlove

Oh hey guys – it’s been a minute. Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post. I’m slowly getting a chance to respond to them all. But I will. I see you! Just in the past few days I’ve begun to feel a little bit more like myself. And I promise to bring this place back to its regular programming. Right after I get to the two months of abandoned emails, and to-do lists {winky emoji}.

For now though, this red curry lentil stew! Red curry. Lentils. Winter squash. Coconut milk. Hearty greens. It kinda has it all. Naturally gluten-free, and vegan per usual. And super easy to throw together and have for quick lunches and snacks all week long. It’s flavorful and hearty, and satisfying and filling. And it’s been on repeat in my home for a while now. We can’t get enough. I hope you enjoy it too.

And, a few great recipes you should know about right now from some of my favorites.

Amanda’s honey garlic carrots – I can’t stop eating these. Lily’s citrus turmeric rever upper – bright, sunny, everything winter wanted you to have. Beth’s roasted cabbage – on deck for meals this week! And Renee’s vegan cheesecake cups – I mean, because cheesecake.

Red Curry Lentil Stew | @withfoodandlove

Red Curry Lentil Stew | @withfoodandlove

Red Curry Lentil Stew | @withfoodandlove

Red Curry Lentil Stew | @withfoodandlove

Red Curry Lentil Stew

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Serves 6 - 8 bowls

Adapted from my Red Curry Soup. This stew is hearty and satisfying and the perfect bowl to warm you up. If you can't find or don't have black lentils, green or red will work just fine.


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup red curry paste
  • 1 cup uncooked black lentils
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled + diced small
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 3 cups curly kale, chopped
  • sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot heat the olive oil on low and sauté the onion until translucent, about 5 - 7 minutes. Add in the garlic, stir and sauté for 1 minute more. Turn the heat up to medium and stir in the lime juice and red curry paste.
  2. Next add the lentils, broth and bay leaves. Stir, cover the pot and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Then add in the butternut squash and coconut milk and simmer until the butternut squash is tender, about 7 – 10 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if necessary. Lastly, toss in the kale and cook for 1 minute or until it is tender and bright green.

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15 Responses to "Red Curry Lentil Stew"

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    Shelley | Sevengrams

    January 27, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    So simple, but exactly what I want to be eating these days! Happy to hear things are slowly falling back into place x

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    Sarah | Well and Full

    January 27, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better <3 This stew looks so lovely and warming. Perfect for a chilly + wet winter's day!

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    danielle & rooting the sun

    January 27, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    sherrie, recently i am completely into the swimming of lovely squash in coconut broth – there is something so comforting that occurs in that unity. that and i will never turn down lentils OR kale – so great- it’s those meals that we all have on repeat that i am constantly seeking because i know they are true gold. giving you my feel goods feels xo

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    January 27, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    This sounds simply divine with all of this colder weather we are having. How colorful and hearty too!

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    January 27, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    This looks so good. Any chance you know the nutritional information?

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    Amanda Paa

    January 27, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    nothing sounds better than stew right now. i’ve been craving warm food, with this mid winter slump. with the red curry paste, i bet it actually warms you to the core. such pretty light in these photos too! the plants shine…

    glad to hear you’re feeling a little more like yourself, and thanks for mentioning my carrots, xo.

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    Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    January 28, 2016 at 1:32 AM

    I’m so glad to hear you’re starting to feel better – I hope you find something long-lasting!

    This soup is one of the most beautiful bowls ever! I don’t use lentils nearly enough, so thanks for the inspiration <3

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    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet

    January 28, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    GIRL, I made this last night for one of my girlfriend’s birthday dinner and it was a HUGE hit!! We demolished the entire pot and I sent her home with your recipe to make for her family this weekend. Thanks so much for the inspiration! I am going to go ahead and put this one on repeat.

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    January 30, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    This is so gorgeous and warming, Sherrie! I hope your journey back to feeling well and balanced continues to be amazing and keeps progressing each day <3. You are one creative force to be reckoned with, even with yourself! Have a great weekend okay?! XO

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    aida mollenkamp

    January 30, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    oh, my – I love everything about this recipe!

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    Nicole Lortie

    January 31, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    I Just did it for lunch and this is délicious. I like the taste and the smell of it. Great!

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    February 1, 2016 at 5:45 AM

    I hope you’re feeling better, my dear, getting to the bottom of things. I know from experience that sometimes an illness, no matter how scary, is definitely a gentle reminder for us to slow down, take stock of our lives, and reassess how we want to allocate our precious energy. Hopefully that’s how things feel to you right now — and in the meantime, you are treating us all to some really awesome soups!

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    Amy | Lemon and Coconut

    February 2, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better that’s wonderful! Take it easy. Beautiful stew I’m on a juice fast and this is sending me over the edge so I’m going to back off fast! xx

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    lynn @ the actor's diet

    February 5, 2016 at 2:17 AM

    Gorgeous stew – it’s perfect!

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    Lily | Kale & Caramel

    February 10, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    Can we have a potluck and you bring this and I’ll bring the rever upper and Amanda brings carrots and Beth brings cabbage and Renee brings cheesecake?! Pretty please??? I need this in an IV to get me through the next month. You’re a dream.

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