Lentil Quinoa Garbanzo Stew

Lentils.  Quinoa.  Garbanzo Beans.  The stuff dreams are made of.  At least when you are me and trying to lose the 10 pounds I gained since I started baking sourdough bread!  So this time, hold the bread, but give me three bowls of this magnificent low-fat, low-carb, high-protein, gluten-free GOODNESS!

The recipe is very easy and so soul-satisfying.  It is rich without being heavy.  It is filling without being fattening.  Make a pot and you will see exactly why this may be my favorite stew this holiday season.  The recipe could not be simpler with no sauteing, no oil and no chopping involved.  Here is the scoop...

Lentil Quinoa Garbanzo Stew
1 Cup Lentils (any color you like)
1/2 Cup Quinoa (any color you like)
1 Sixteen Ounce Can Garbanzo Beans (or 1 1/2 cups of pre-cooked, easy to make your own from dried)
8 Cups Vegetable Broth
1 Onion (any color you like)
Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)
Curly Parsley (for garnish)

Rinse lentils and add to large pot with vegetable broth.  Cook on high heat until boiling and reduce heat to low simmer.  Simmer covered for 15 minutes.  

Meanwhile, rinse Quinoa and set aside.  Open lid, stir lentils gently and ADD ENTIRE onion to stew (yup, no need to peel or chop it - the skin adds flavor).  Next add Quinoa and Garbanzo Beans and simmer covered for another 15 minutes.  Remove onion and discard (it has done it's job).  Voila!  Garnish with Sea Salt, Black Pepper and Parsley if desired.  Serve immediately or allow to cool before storing in refrigerator for up to 1 week.  Makes about 2 Quarts.

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