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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

 A sweet colleague at work gave me a crock pot, used just one for a potluck at the office.  I was so exited of my new toy, yes TOY, I am a foodie and a new thing in my kitchen is my toy.

I have never own a crock pot but I was considering it.  A lot of my entourage only swear by it in the winter and saying how wonderful it is since it does all the work.

ALL THE WORK?  But I like the work in the kitchen!  I really do :), call me crazy but it is my happy place what can I do.  However… however, I am a Mom too and taking it easy on  a week day is totally on the agenda!

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 crock pot, it was perfect, the skin was more tender.

I also added some 7 grains medley from Uncle Ben’s, it has a bunch of ancien 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.  

A fall recipe: Lentils and 7 grains stew

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Portions: 6 portions

Serving Size: A generous bowl


  • - 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • - 2 shallots, chopped
  • - 1 cup of lentils
  • - 1 cup of 7 grains medley from Uncle Ben's
  • - 900ml of vegetable stock
  • - 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • - 1 teaspoon of salt
  • - 2 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • - 3 big mild Italian sausages


  1. - Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker
  2. - Stir well
  3. - Let it cook for 3 hours
  4. - 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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