2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
3 cups canned vegetable broth
1 cup lentils, rinsed
8 ounces sweet potato/es, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
8 ounces whole baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and cut into quarters
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (grated lemon peel)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 ounces fresh spinach leaves, to (about 8 cups)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano
Salt and pepper
Heat olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.
Add garlic and stir 30 seconds.
Add vegetable broth and lentils; bring to boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes.
Add potatoes and mushrooms; cook covered until potatoes and lentils are tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
Add lemon zest, lemon juice, spinach and cayenne pepper to stew.
Cover and simmer stew until spinach wilts and is cooked through, about 2 minutes.
Mix in oregano.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spoon stew into large soup bowls.
Note: Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm over low heat before serving. Recipe can be doubled.