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.


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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