Spiced Sweet Potato and Lentil Stew

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When you're hungry and you only have a few items in your kitchen that luckily go together, new recipes can be created! I also was searching for inspiration online for what to create with my ingredients and came across a similar recipe on Ohsheglows.com. I took what spices to use and how much from the recipe I found. I only had a sweet potato and lentils left in my kitchen and always have broth and spices on hand, so thats what the soup would be made of! This is a filling rich soup and the sweet potato is creamy and sweet. The spices add a lot of flavor and depth to this dish.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp coconut oil (or other oil)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard (optional)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cups diced sweet potato
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 tsp smoked paprika, or to taste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8-1/4 cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (or chili flakes)
  • fine grain sea salt and black pepper, to to taste

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1. Add oil to a large pot and sauté the garlic and onion  for  5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent. Add in the dijon mustard and stir for about a minute.

2. Add in the spices and stir until fragrant, about another minute. The add in the sweet potato, broth, and lentils. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and simmer on low-medium heat uncovered for 20-30 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked through and the potatoes are tender.

3. You can blend this in a food processor to make it more creamy or enjoy it chunky, I prefer it chunky so I didn't blend the soup. Hope you enjoy this spiced sweet potato stew!

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