Vegetable Lentil Stew

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium eggplant, peeled and chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon cumin
2 cups dried lentils, picked over for stones
1/2 cup red wine
1 20 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 20 ounce can whole tomatoes, chopped with juices reserved
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon basil
2 cans kidney beans, black beans or white beans, drained and rinsed
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons chopped parsley

In a large heavy pot, heat oil and cook onions until tender. Stir in green, red peppers and carrots and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in eggplant and zucchini. Add all the spices and toss to coat. Stir in the lentils. Add the wine, tomatoes, oregano and basil. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer gently for 1 hour. If more liquid is needed, add 1 cup of water. Stir the stew occasionally. When lentils are tender, stir in the beans. Cook for another 20 minutes. Season to taste. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Yield: 8 servings

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