If you are looking to save money on meals, Lentils are definitely one of the most frugal pantry staples you can keep on hand at home in your pantry.
From red to brown, green and even blue (just kidding.. ha!) lentils are one of the most requested things in our house ~ and they are so incredibly easy to cook up in the Instant Pot.
Red Lentils can be incorporated in this Mexican Red Lentil Stew, while brown and green lentils can be incorporated in similar stews that require just a little more time to cook up.
When you cook red lentils in the Instant Pot, they tend to get mushy if you cook them for a lengthy period of time. But incorporating them in this Mexican Red Lentil Stew for just a few minutes, they give it a really great texture.
Brown and green lentils, on the other hand, take longer to cook up – one of the great things about the Instant Pot is that it can reduce the time by 50%.
In most cases, 20 minutes is sufficient to cook brown or green lentils – and they are an amazing addition to soup and stews.
This lentil stew is a combination of sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, carrots, celery and kale – and is a great way to feed a family for less. The leftovers keep amazingly well, and you can transform the leftovers and serve over rice for a change of pace.
The ingredients are minimal – for me, being able to grab the odds and ends of the veggies laying in the bottom of the fridge that we picked up at the farmers market is simple.
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Give it a try – let us know how you like it!
Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker