Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sweet potato lentil stew

I spent today relaxing and preparing for the new week ahead, filled with play practices and opening night on Friday. I enjoyed playing with my cat, Bourbon, who is enjoying this march sunshine in Michigan! Lets just hope it stays....

I wanted to make a pot of soup to have throughout my hectic week. I know winter is over, but who says you cant enjoy a big bowl of comforting soup? I pulled out The Kind Diet and searched through it to find a yummy recipe without having to buy ten thousand ingredients. I decided to try the Sweet potato lentil stew, knowing that all I would have to buy is ginger and a few sweet potatoes. Heres the recipe!

Makes 4 to 6 servings

1/4 cup safflower oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 small tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
Fine sea salt
2-3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾” cubes (I left the skins on, and it was still fabulous:)
7 cups vegetable broth
1 cup brown lentils
Heat the oil over medium heat in a large, deep pot. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for two minutes or until the onion starts to soften. Stir in the tomatoes and ginger and cook for three minutes. Stir in the turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, and a small pinch of salt. Cook and stir for two minutes, then taste for seasonings; try to use 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.
I served this over some brown rice, and used cilantro as a garnish. I definetly reccomend this recipe to anyone, meat eaters, picky eaters, and even sweet potato haters. (HA! I win MOM!) I'm looking forward to having it throughout the week to enjoy in the small window of time I'll have between breathing and play practice. Thanks for reading!


  1. Olivia!
    I just discovered your blog and I am totally impressed and HUNGRY! As a vegetarian I drool over your recipes, but as a lazy, overworked employee, I have no time to cook. Want to move to Portland and be our chef?! - KS

  2. Haha thanks! It is hard to find time to cook sometimes-during the week it's salads, leftovers, and cereal! But I always try to find time on the weekends.