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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

This was too greasy for us and needed a lot longer to get tender. I did 6 hrs at high in the crock pot and it could have used more, but we did 8 services so I think the time may need to be adjusted if using the larger amount of beef.

By: Wendy
Posted: Mar 11, 2019
Diet: Original

Did this in the Instant Pot, 35 mins with a natural release and left it in warm mode for at least 30 mins. Good flavor and a lovely meal, but meat wasn't as tender as I was expecting. Going to try slow cooking next time.

By: Sarah
Posted: Feb 02, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Tasty, but very fatty.

By: Tara
Posted: Jan 23, 2019
Diet: Original

Very nice comfort food. We all loved the spicy kick apart from my daughter so I will probably have to leave out the pepper flakes next time.

By: Nicki
Posted: Jan 19, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

The flavors of the lentils and carrots were excellent! A tasty meal, although I don't know that we'll make it often to avoid eating too many mashed potatoes.

By: Angela
Posted: Jan 18, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

I don't like lentils or any type of cooked carrots. I am also tired of stupid sales. And yet this meal was so bleeping delicious!! I loved it all. Best salad ever!

By: Sara
Posted: Jan 15, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian