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Friday, November 6, 2009

Stuffing That Won't Stuff The Waist

Sweet Lentil Stuffing
November, 2009 Reci-pea

Serves 4

  • 1 sweet potato, baked, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 3 cups vegetable broth or water (or a combo of both)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 Tbl of extra virgin olive oil + extra for drizzling
  • salt and pepper to taste

Wrap the sweet potato in aluminum foil and place into an oven at 450F. Bake until tender.

Preparing the lentils: Over medium-high heat, drizzle a 1/2 Tbl of extra virgin olive oil into a large saucepan; add the onions and saute until translucent. Add all of the broth or water to the pot. Bring to a boil. Once the liquid is boiling add the lentils. Bring the lentils back up to a boil, and then lower the heat to a simmer. Add the raisins and cover the pot. Continue to cook for about 20-30 minutes.

(Note: adding the lentils after you have brought the liquid to a boil makes them easier to digest, which is especially beneficial for young children)

Once the lentils and sweet potatoes are cooked and prepped, in a large bowl combine the lentil-raisin mixture, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes and fresh parsley; drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, then salt and pepper to taste.

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