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Queensland Grass-Cloth and Lentil Stew Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 cup dried green lentils
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
- 1 cup chopped Queensland grass-cloth (substitute with kale or spinach)
- Salt and pepper to taste

Special equipment needed:
- Large pot
- Wooden spoon

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Rinse the lentils and pick out any debris. Set aside.
2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and red bell pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
3. Add the cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, thyme, and bay leaf. Stir to combine.
4. Add the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, and lentils. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
5. Add the chopped Queensland grass-cloth and let cook for an additional 5 minutes.
6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Medium heat
Serving size:
4-6 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 200
Fat: 3g
Carbohydrates: 35g
Protein: 12g
Fiber: 12g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Queensland grass-cloth can be substituted with kale or spinach.
- Vegetable broth can be substituted with chicken broth or water.

- Add diced potatoes for a heartier stew.
- Add a can of chickpeas for extra protein.
- Add a tablespoon of tomato paste for a richer flavor.

Tips and tricks:
- Rinse the lentils before cooking to remove any debris.
- Use a wooden spoon to stir the stew to prevent the lentils from breaking apart.
- Adjust the seasoning to your liking.

Storage instructions:
Store leftover stew in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat the stew in a pot over medium heat until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the stew in a bowl with a slice of crusty bread on the side.

Garnish with chopped fresh herbs such as parsley or cilantro.

Pair with a glass of red wine or a cold beer.

Suggested side dishes:
Serve with a side salad or roasted vegetables.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the stew is too thick, add more vegetable broth or water.
- If the stew is too thin, let it simmer for a few more minutes to thicken.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to cook the lentils thoroughly to prevent foodborne illness.

Food history:
Queensland grass-cloth is a type of leafy green vegetable that is commonly used in Asian cuisine.

Flavor profiles:
The stew has a smoky and earthy flavor from the cumin, coriander, and smoked paprika. The lentils provide a nutty and creamy texture, while the Queensland grass-cloth adds a fresh and slightly bitter taste.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the stew as a main dish for lunch or dinner.

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Taste: Savory, Earthy, Nutty, Herbal, Aromatic, Spicy