This recipe for a lentil stew is a cozy soup full of vegetables that is easily prepared to make a freezer to crock pot meal that is easy, healthy, and delicious.
This slow cooker recipe has it all. It’s SUPER easy for all my busy mamas out there (and uh, which mama isn’t busy??). It’s a freezer to slow cooker meal, so while you could totally omit the freezer step and just throw everything straight into the slow cooker, if you are one of those women who like to keep ready-to-go meals stashed in your freezer, this works for you. When you want it for dinner, place it in the slow cooker in the morning and you’ll have a cozy, comforting vegetarian stew all ready to go.
Bonus points – it’s just so wholesomely simple and delicious and healthy. This would be a perfect Meatless Monday meal for anyone participating. It’s actually a vegan recipe, but it’s so hearty I don’t think anyone would notice (in fact, my husband first tasted it and was surprised by the depth of flavor, and my mom when seeing me prep the freezer ingredients asked for the recipe because she thought my dad would like it). Even more bonus points? All of the ingredients are super affordable, making it a great inexpensive option to feed the whole family.
Do you guys have any favorite freezer to slow cooker meals? Any other favorite lentil recipes? I think lentils may be my favorite vegetarian protein! Give this Freezer to Slow Cooker Lentil Stew a try, and let me know how you like it!
Freezer to Slow Cooker Lentil Stew
- 1/2 yellow onion diced
- 2 ribs celery diced
- ½ green bell pepper diced
- 2 cups peeled and diced 1/4 inch cubes sweet potatoes
- 1 ½ cup lentils
- 8 oz baby bella mushrooms diced
- 10 oz frozen chopped spinach
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1 cup water
Place all ingredients (except stock and water) in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. When ready to cook, allow to thaw overnight in the fridge. Place thawed ingredients in the slow cooker, add stock and water and cook 6-8 hours on low (or 5-6 hours on high).