Sweet potato, spinach, and lentil stew
Lentils. They are not a particularly sexy ingredient and I honestly don’t enjoy eating them that often. But if they are cooked correctly or added to a soup or stew, they can actually be quite tasty and of course majorly contribute to the overall health and nutrition content of a dish. If you are wary of lentils, this would be a great way to try them out for the first time. There are other lovely colours in this meal from capsicum (that’s the Australian word for pepper my American friends), sweet potato, and zucchini, and the variety of vegetables along with the spice mixture makes for a dish that is filling and delicious with multiple textures and even more health benefits.
Not sold? Come on. You can’t go wrong with the other ingredients, and the lentils add protein, fiber, and Vitamin B. If you can’t find them or just think they are weird, you could make this soup with everything else in it and at the end add in a cup of cooked quinoa or cooked brown rice. Give lentils a chance though – they may surprise you!
Sweet potato, spinach, and lentil stew (adapted from Dough Eyed Girls)
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth (or veggie broth)
- 1 cup of dried green lentils
- 1 large sweet potato, cut into small cubes
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 green or red capsicum (pepper), diced
- 1.5 teaspoons cumin
- 1.5 teaspoons tumeric (or if you have curry powder you can add in a little of that or use 1 tbsp curry powder in place of the cumin and tumeric)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bag of spinach, with the stems removed where possible
- 2 cups water (more or less, depending on if you want it soupier or stewier)
- 1 small zucchini, quartered and diced
This is definitely one of those meals where you feel quite virtuous eating it, as every ingredient is designed to boost your health in some way. So it’s a great detox sort of meal when you want something that will fill you up but also be really healthy. I’ve eaten it for both lunch and dinner as it is certainly filling enough for a bigger meal. Feel free to play around with the vegetables – different colours of peppers, perhaps the addition of butternut squash or pumpkin or carrots, and kale instead of spinach!