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A fall recipe: Lentils and 7 grains stew

Toronto has welcomed the gloomy weather.  Summer is gone, 15C has  become a warm afternoon. Everybody is looking their best in their fall clothing.  Warm colors are everywhere and comfort food and cosy diner recipes are back!   That’s right, let’s give a break to the blogging word with the summer salad recipes.

As sad as I am that summer was that short, we have to embrace fall and its beautiful colors.  I wanted a bowl of something comforting, something warm to hold with both hands, a stew.

Lentils and 7 grains medley rice
Lentils and 7 grains medley rice

I have been meaning to cook some lentils for a while and entering the fall is a perfect reason to get a boost of iron.  I add some big Italian sausage (mild) from Costco and I do not enjoy them that much on the barbecue.  In the crockpot, it was perfect, the skin was more tender.

I also added some 7 grains medley from Uncle Ben’s, it has a bunch of ancient grains, I love those.  I have a thing for barley, you know.  Some broth, some cumin, and a few other ingredients build a perfect dish for a chilly night.  The kids loved it!

Hold on there…
– Easy and simple
– Tasty and comforting
– Perfect for the whole family

I think we have a winner here!  Try this easy, smell-my-kitchen perfect easy-peasy stew recipe!

Lentils and 7 grains medley rice

If you want a vegetarian option, just skip the sausage and voila!  Taste still amazing reheated… if you have any left over.

The cumin gave an perfect note of spice in the dish, the 7 grains were al dente and the lentils full of flavor with the broth.  

Lentils and 7 grains stew

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, european
Keyword: ancien grain, crockpot, lentil, sausage, slow cooker
Servings: 6 portions
Author: Mélanie


  • slow cooker


  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 cup 7 grains medley from Uncle Ben's
  • 900 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 6 mild Italian sausages


  • Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker.
  • Stir well.
  • Let it cook for 3 hours.
  • Serve.

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  • Reply
    September 17, 2014 at 7:11 am

    I cant tell you how jealous I am of you and everyone else experiencing cold weather. We have been dying from the heat here in LA. I can’t wait until it cools down here and actually feel like fall. Comfort food like this sure would hit the spot on a brisk fall day.

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      September 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Ahah, happy to switch places! Waking with 5C is no fun :(

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    Shareba @ In Search Of Yummy-ness
    September 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    This looks like a simple and hearty dinner idea, I’ll save this for later :)

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    Sarah | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean
    September 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    SO….I’ve always found the slower cooker kinda touchy (i.e. I’ve never gotten great results). But this looks gooooood! And I love simple easy weeknight fare. Definitely going to try it!

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      September 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Give it another try Sarah, it was a big hit in my house and with minimal work! The perfect friend for mummies!

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    Lisa @ Food Well Said
    September 19, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    A great recipe for when the weather turns. Lovely!

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      September 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Unfortunately, the weather turned already in Toronto :(

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    kitchenr jon
    September 20, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Sounds great! This serves as a good reminder for me to start doing at least one crock pot recipe each week, especially with this cold weather.

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      September 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

      One crock pot a week is a great idea Jon, condidering there could be leftover, it is perfect for week days!

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    September 21, 2014 at 11:57 am

    The crock pot is my favourite kitchen appliance, Melanie. I just love the variety of things you can make in it. This sounds wonderful – definitely a little bit different, which I love!

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      September 22, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Thank you Helen, I adquire the crockpot but I already guess a long friendship over the winter! Any recipes you recommend in particular?

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