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Savoury Lentil Stew Recipe



It's winter. It's cold. When the wind is whistling outside and the snow is flying, we all crave comfort food; "stick-to-your-ribs" recipes that are warming and filling.

But here's the thing: comfort food, while lovely in the moment, often ends up making me feel bloated, sleepy, and sluggish. What I wanted to create was a comfort food dish that was rich in flavour as well as rich in energy-boosting nutrients. This savoury lentil stew fills the bill - the combination of spinach, sweet potatoes, and lentils pack a nutritional punch. Full of Vitamins B and C, iron, protein, and fibre, this scrumptious stew is supremely satisfying, easy to prepare, and very budget-friendly.

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Easy, delicious, nutritious, and inexpensive - this dish is the whole package! A bowl of lentil stew will make you feel like a superhero, but don't swap your parka for a cape just's still cold outside!


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh grated gingerroot
1 cube concentrated vegetable stock, or bouillon
2 cups water
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon coriander
2 cups sweet potato, cut into 1 inch cubes
1-19 ounce can lentils, rinsed and drained
2 cups loose-leaf spinach
Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste


  In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium. Add garlic and ginger and cook for one minute, until fragrant.

  Add the cube of concentrated vegetable stock, water, onion powder, and coriander, and stir until the vegetable stock is dissolved.

  Add the sweet potato cubes and the lentils; bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for about 25 minutes. 

  Stir in the spinach, and cook for another 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

  Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

Want more healthy comfort food? Try my Vegan Mac and Cheese, my Creamy Avocado Linguine, or my Creamy Tomato Soup