Theirs and Mine: Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew


This is the second installment of the Theirs/Mine project. The first time I made a crumble, and now I want to tell you about a delicious stew I made. A stew of the lentil and sweet potato variety. Said stew recipe came from Whole Living, which in my experience is a solid recipe source. Especially if you like to keep it healthy, which I usually do.

This stew is delicious. It was relatively easy to pull together. As is the case with most of the chunky stews that I prefer, there was lots of chopping required. I had some work to do that night so I employed a very cute sous chef to do most of the chopping for me. That worked out well. I doubled this recipe and froze the leftovers so I would have some easy dinners ready to go because I'm just a really smart person. Additionally, I added collards because I never miss an opportunity to add greens to my life. Even without the greens though this is a perfect healthy stew to make as the weather gets colder. It's full of wholesome, good-for-you flavor and it's nice and filling. Plus you can have an extra bowl or two and not feel bad because let's be honest, you probably will. If you like curry and you're a fan of the almighty lentil, I think you should make this soup at once. Not trying to be bossy y'all, it's just I know what's good for you. And this soup is it.

Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew (adapted from Whole Living)

Yield Serves 4


2 Tbsp coconut or extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground turmeric 1 tsp cayenne (omit or use less if you're not a fan of heat) 1 Tbsp curry powder 1 diced large onion Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 minced cloves garlic 2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger 2 peeled and diced sweet potatoes 1 diced (stemmed, seeded) red bell pepper 1 1/2 cups rinsed red lentils 6 cups Broth (this recipe calls for homemade broth but I ain't got time for that nonsense. I used a combo of vegetable and chicken but anything would work.) 1 bunch collard greens, chopped Toppings: fresh cilantro (I like a shit ton - see picture), Siracha (if you're My Man). p.s. chopped peanuts and scallions would be good too.


Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook cumin, turmeric and curry powder until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add onion with a few pinches salt, and cook, stirring, until tender, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until tender, about 2 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and bell pepper and cook 1 minute.

Add lentils and Cleansing Broth. Bring to a boil and then then reduce heat to a simmer. Add chopped collards and cook until lentils are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Top with cilantro and Siracha before serving.

p.s. If you're so inclined, follow my soup only pinterest board for a whole slew of healthy (mostly vegetarian) soups and stews.