Disney Cookabout recipe: Lentil Stew with Swiss Chard and Coriander Pesto

This weeks Foodie Friday is a recipe for Lentil Stew with Swiss Chard and Coriander Pesto.
Inspired by Disney’s locally produced live action show Disney’s Cookabout I’m sharing with you some of our healthy and oh-so delicious recipes that were featured on the recent season of the show.
The cooking show sees kids learn where our food comes from, visiting farms around the country before heading back to the kitchen to learn to cook with the ingredients.

LENTIL STEW WITH SWISS CHARD AND CORIANDER PESTO

RECIPE: CHRISTINE CAPENDALE

IMAGES: ANITA REED/DISNEY CHANNELS

Ingredients

LENTIL STEW

125 g red lentils, soaked in water for 30 minutes

15 ml Olive oil

1 red onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

5 ml grated ginger

Pinch chili flakes (add to taste)

2,5 ml ground cumin

2,5 ml ground coriander

2,5 ml smoked paprika

2,5 ml turmeric

1 Cinnamon stick

Pinch allspice

30 ml tomato paste

200 ml chopped tomato

375 ml vegetable or chicken stock

250 mlchopped swiss chard

60 ml crispy onion flakes for serving

Salt and pepper for seasoning

CORIANDER PESTO

200 ml coriander leaves

2 garlic cloves, crushed 20 g

toasted cashew nuts

60 ml olive oil

Salt and black pepper (to taste)

METHOD

LENTIL STEW

Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion, garlic and ginger.

Cook for two minutes while stirring, then add all the spices (chili, cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon stick and allspice).

Cook for another minute.

Add the soaked, drained lentils, tomato paste, chopped tomato and the stock and simmer (cook on low heat with lid on saucepan) for about 20 minutes until the lentils are soft and the sauce thick.

Add a bit more liquid if necessary. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Mix in the chopped swiss chard and cook until it has wilted.

Serve with the pesto and the crispy onion with brown basmati rice.

CORIANDER PESTO

Blend together all the ingredients with a stick blender until smooth.

Bon Appetit

Mira
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