Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sweet Potato-Lentil Stew

Sweet Potato and Lentil Stew: The Charm of Home
I am sharing a recipe today that is something I can eat.  I will have a post soon on my allergy story.  I am what my Doctor calls "highly allergic;" but anyway, this stew is delicious and I wanted to give you the recipe.  I found this recipe in Alicia Silverstone's book, The Kind Diet.  She actually has several recipes in this book that are delicious, nutritious, and work for a person with allergies like me.  The sweet potatoes and lentils make this stew meaty and the cumin and cinnamon are a delicious combination that reminds me of African cuisine.  It is sweet and smokey flavored a nice change for stew.

1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 onion, peeled and diced
2 small tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon turmeric (1 1/2 teaspoon in original recipe)
1/2 teaspoon cumin (1 teaspoon in original recipe)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon paprika
pinch of salt
2-3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
6 cups water (original recipe had 7 cups veggie broth)
1 cup brown lentils

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large, deep pot.  Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes or until onion starts to soften.  Stir in the tomatoes and ginger and cook for 3 minutes.  Stir in the turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, and a small pinch of salt.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes, then taste for seasonings; using only enough salt to heighten the flavors.
Add the sweet potatoes, broth, and lentils.  Stir well, and bring to a boil over high heat.  When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until the lentils and sweet potatoes are soft.  
You can serve this over a bed of rice. 
Recipe adapted from: The Kind Diet
Serves: 4-6
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Party Bunch Weekend Linky at The Idea Room
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

This looks delicious, I have been trying to incorporate more lentils into our food. I use them to thicken soups that are blended in the food processor.

Cozy Little House said...

Sounds great! I love both sweet potatoes and lentils.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

This sounds really delicious to me. I'm the only one in my family who likes lentils, so I'd have to eat the entire thing myself :) Sounds like something hearty and different for a winter lunch. Pinning!

Alison Agnew said...

This looks warm and delicious and perfect for winter. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


Meredith Wouters said...

I'm so excited to try this. I recently had to cut out potatoes and tomatoes from my diet and can't find many good stew recipes. So glad to meet you the Weekend Retreat linky. Pinning!

Laura Lane said...

I can eat this if I reduce the oil. I'm pinning it!

Deborah OBrien said...

Perfect! I was looking for a simple recipe to use up some sweet potatoes languishing in the fridge and this is now on my menu for tonight. Thanks :)

Christine B said...

This looks wonderfully delicious. I love the combination of lentils and sweet potatoes, definitely going to make this. Enjoy your weekend!

Kimberly Lewis said...

You always bring wonderful dishes to our party! Thank you. Pinned and tweeted. We feel honored that you take the time to stop by our party. I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

JBArts said...

Thanks so much for sharing this at Totally Terrific Tuesday! I hope you bring more goodies this week! I cant imagine how it feels to not be able to eat what you want because of allergies. I hope you find more recipes like this for your diet! It looks so yummy!! Have a wonderful week!!
Jess @liverandomlysimple
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Anonymous said...

This dish looks very warming and wholesome, wonderful. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas