More Dollar Store: Black Lentil & Bac'n Stew with Onion Dumplings

I found another use for the Bac’n Pieces I bought from Dollar Tree! They start out crispy, but if you cook them in liquid they soften right up and get a nice meaty texture. I mean, they’re just bacon-flavored soy bits, after all. So I used them in a lentil stew, and added dumplings to make it extra filling.

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Start by sauteing onions and carrots in oil over low medium heat until they begin to soften. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, add Bac’n Pieces to your liking.

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The veggie stock is another Dollar Tree find! However, I found those black lentils at Home Goods 🙂

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Add 1 C black lentils…

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Mix 3 Tbsp green pea flour in 1 C veggie stock. Add to pot.

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Add 1 more cup veggie stock. Stir.
Let the lentils simmer about 20 – 25 minutes. They won’t be quite be soft enough, but we’re going to turn up the heat at the end because we’re adding the dumplings.

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For the dumplings, whisk together:
1 C flour
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking powder

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Add 1/4 C minced onion

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1 1/2 Tbsp margarine, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 C veggie stock

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Stir just enough to combine.

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Bring stew to a low boil and drop in dumpling dough by the spoonfuls – SLOWLY so you keep the boil rolling. Keep the dumplings small so you have room for plenty of them. When I started running out of room in the pot, I let the dumplings firm up and then pushed them aside.

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I still had dough leftover, but it should keep in the fridge for a couple days.

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Two people can be easily well-fed by this stew. It’s packed with protein because of the lentils and the green pea flour, and even a few grams from the Bac’n Pieces.

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The stew was even great the next day, cold! And the leftover dumpling dough?

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I made steamed dumplings, and they were very good! Dense instead of fluffy, I just ate them on their own. I used a stacked steamer, the kind with a regular pot on the bottom, and another with holes in the bottom placed over it. I put a sheet of aluminum foil in the steamer, small enough that it didn’t cover all the holes. The dough didn’t stick to the foil at all. They took about 10 minutes or so to firm up.

However you make the dumplings, this is a great meal for fall and winter, or for a really cold evening at the end of a kind of crappy Michigan summer.

For the stew:
Chopped carrots & onions (to your liking) sauteed in oil til soft
A few Tbsp Bac’n Pieces
Salt & pepper to taste
1 C black lentils
3 Tbsp green pea flour
2 C veggie stock

For the dumplings:
1 C flour
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 C minced onion
1 1/2 Tbsp margarine
1/2 C veggie stock

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  1. Dollar Tree also carries Goldberg’s Peanut Chews, a delicious vegan “snickers”, a cool old American candy from 1917, originally a ration bar during WWI. Be sure you get the “original” in the red packaging. At Dollar Tree, I get the “movie box” of bite-size ones, for a buck. I usually eat one or two at a time, with coffee or almond milk. They really pick me up! I love the “burnt molasses” taste, and the incredible chocolatey-caramely-peanuty texture. They are almost too good to be true!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldenberg's_Peanut_Chews

  2. Oops I meant Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews. The Original Dark Chocolate, in the red package. Big Lots has them, too. You will not believe they are vegan!

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