I’m trying to lose some weight so I’ve been cooking some recipes from the Weight Watchers cookbook – some have been so so, but this one was really tasty. I definitely will make it again – even my hubby commented on how good it tasted!

This recipe is from Weight Watchers Simply The Best cookbook, page 200 (I will paraphrase the instructions but the ingredients are exactly from the book).


  • 1 lb lentils, picked over, rinsed and drained
  • 1 of 14oz can diced tomatoes (no salt added)
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 of 6oz can tomato paste (no salt added)
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Note: I did change some of the ingredients in my version simply based on what I had in the house – I used regular (not low sodium) tomatoes/paste/broth, plus I used chicken broth instead of veggie broth, and I used sweet potatoes instead of carrot, and basil instead of oregano, plus I used 3 cloves garlic instead of 2…..


  • bring lentils and 5 cups of water to a boil in large pot and then simmer about 20 min until lentils are slightly softened
  • add everything else to the pot and boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered until lentils are tender (about 40 minutes)