This lentil cabbage stew is a great substitution for corned beef and cabbage for your Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. It’s spicy and paired with a healthy loaf of Irish soda bread is a healthy dinner meal. It won’t leave your kitchen smelling for days to come either! Feel free to add anything to the recipe that sounds good to you. You might add chopped kale or spinach, instead of the cabbage!
Don’t be afraid to make substitutions, if you do not like a vegetable or spice! Simply leave them out or substitute another one that sounds like it will go nicely. The cayenne pepper gives this stew a kick, so if you don’t want that, leave it out! The lemon is the secret ingredient. Add it at the end and the entire stew comes alive, to your taste buds that is!
If the lentil cabbage stew seems very thick, you can add a bit of water to thin it down. I did not need to add water, but if you simmer it at a higher temperature, you may need to. Use care because lentils can easily stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. It’s such a great stew; that would be too sad!
I paired this with a loaf of Brown Soda Bread made with Steel Cut Oats and a fresh fruit salad. I guarantee you that meat lovers will eat this stew up because it is very hearty and filling! It’s a healthy diet habit to reduce meat in your diet, and throw an occasional vegetarian specialty in there, or adopt the Meatless Monday regime!