Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sweet Summer Stew

This stew is probably best served during the cold nights of Fall or Winter but I love sweet potatoes and couldn't resist trying this recipe.  I've never be a fan of making soups and stews, it was always just easier eating them out of a can right? Never again! The amazing aroma produced while making this stew was good enough to make any mouth drool over.

This stew is great for a hearty, healthy dinner on those cold nights or rainy days like today!  This fantastic stew includes brown lentils which is super high in iron and protein - an excellent plant-based substitute for meat.



Sweet Potato-Lentil Stew
Original recipe from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone, p. 166

Serves 4 - 6

1/2 cup salflower oil (I used canola oil)
1 medium onion, diced (I used half of a red onion)
2 small tomatoes, diced (I used about 3/4 cup of grape tomatoes, chopped)
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1.5 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne
Pinch of fine sea salt
2-3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4" cubes
7 cups of vegetable broth
1 cup brown lentils (I used green lentils)

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large, deep pot.  Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes or until the onion starts to soften.  Stir in the tomatoes and ginger and cook for 3 minutes.  Stir in the turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, and a pinch of salt.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes, then taste for seasonings; try to use only enough salt to heighten the flavours.

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.

2 comments:

desertkitton said...

Should the lentils be the soft kind or the hard kind? This stew looks amazing but I am a noob in the kitchen...

Sarah-Lyn said...

No worries :)

The lentils are hard to start, they get soft pretty easily during the making of the stew.

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