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Red Wine Braised Carrots and Lentils
with mashed potatoes / mixed greens salad

Active: 45 minTotal: 45 min

This is a new twist on a recipe that was featured in 2017. The carrots and lentils soak up some of the red wine braising liquid for a comforting dish that forms its own gravy to spoon over mashed potatoes.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Mashed Potatoes:
  • Potatoes, russet - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 3 Tbsp
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
Mixed Greens Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1/2, thinly sliced
  • Avocados - 1, chopped
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Mixed greens - 5 oz
Red Wine Braised Carrots and Lentils:
  • Onions, medium - 1, chopped
  • Carrots - 16 oz, 1" / 2.5 cm pieces
  • Garlic - 4 cloves, chopped
  • Lentils, pre-cooked - 2 cups (look for vacuum-packed or canned green lentils)
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Italian seasoning - 1/2 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 3/4 cup
  • Wine, red - 1/2 cup (sub stock)
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Thyme, fresh - 2 sprigs
  • Bay leaves (opt) - 2
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Onions / Carrots / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store onions and carrots in one container. Store garlic separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Bell peppers - Thinly slice peppers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Potatoes - Peel and cube. Soak in water if not using right away to prevent them from turning brown.
  4. Lentils - If using canned lentils, drain and rinse.

Make

  1. Place potatoes into a saucepan and cover with cold water and some salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 12 to 15 minutes until potatoes can be easily pierced by a knife. Drain and let sit in a colander for ~5 minutes to let the steam escape (this creates creamier potatoes vs. liquidy potatoes).
  2. While potatoes boil, place a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then onions and carrots to heated oil. Saute until onions are soft, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in salt, Italian seasoning, and garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  4. Add stock, wine, tomato paste, thyme sprigs, bay leaves, and red pepper flakes and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and cover with a lid. Simmer, covered, until carrots are tender, 8 to 12 minutes.
  5. While carrots simmer, use a masher to mash steamed potatoes with yogurt and butter. Season to taste with some salt and pepper.
  6. Return to carrots and remove lid. Stir in lentils and continue cooking until lentils are warmed through. Season with some salt and pepper.
  7. Just before serving, chop avocados. Whisk together vinegar, mustard, and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. Toss bell peppers, avocados, and mixed greens in vinaigrette.
  8. Serve carrots and lentils over mashed potatoes. Enjoy with salad on the side.

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Reviews

This meal has 51 reviews

I used my instant pot and followed instructions for low slow cooking. Meat was tough and dryish. From what I’ve read I should have slow cooked for much less time than the recipe directs. What a bummer.

By: Sarah
Posted: Jan 08, 2019
Diet: Original

Perfection.

By: Shannon
Posted: Jan 07, 2019
Diet: Original

recipe was great, but didn’t love the cut of meat. lots of bone and fat, not enough meat.

By: Whitney
Posted: Jan 06, 2019
Diet: Original

It was good but the meat with the bone was a little fatty. I made extra potatoes which was a good thing. Maybe next time I'd make it in the dutch oven instead of the the slow cooker so I could reduce the sauce. It needed a little flavor boost.

By: Kristen
Posted: Jan 06, 2019
Diet: Original

Meat and potatoes husband and daughter loved, I thought it was just okay as it didn’t feel super healthy. However, I added the paleo sweet potato, baked with broth and butter and that was delicious for me.

By: Shawn
Posted: Jan 06, 2019
Diet: Original

made on the stovetop/ oven for a dinner party, it was a big hit!

By: Amanda
Posted: Jan 06, 2019
Diet: Paleo