mexican-spiced lentils with sweet potatoes

mexican spiced lentils with sweet potato | everybody likes sandwiches

Vancouver has had summer weather since April! That’s pretty much unheard of in the rainy Pacific Northwest. Climate change is real, y’alls. Right now, though, we’re going through a cloudy patch and I’m choosing to welcome it with a flavourful stew that’s inexpensive to make (cupboard ingredients to the rescue) and a cinch to whip up on a weeknight. We eat a lot of lentils in this house and this meal is a keeper.

mexican spiced lentils with sweet potato | everybody likes sandwiches

I love Japanese sweet potatoes (they’re white, not bright orange, and a bit dryer in texture) and I used them here. But if you have orange ones lying around, by all means, use those vibrant vitamin-packed taters. The sweetness is a nice contrast to the Mexican spices. It’s not the most picturesque dish, but it’s so delicious! Plus, topped with salsa, yogurt and green onions and it becomes much more attractive.

mexican spiced lentils with sweet potato | everybody likes sandwiches

I haven’t tried freezing this stew, but I will be doing just that as part of my freezer stock up for Foot Operation 2016 coming up in a few weeks. If you have any other great healthy freezer recipes, send them my way!

mexican spiced lentils with sweet potato | everybody likes sandwiches

18 comments to “mexican-spiced lentils with sweet potatoes”

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    Joanne M   May 15, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Wish I could say we are also having summer weather here except we aren’t. Yesterday and today have been cold & rainy. Perfect timing for posting this recipe. I love lentils and I’m always looking for a new recipe besides the traditional Greek lentil soup with 10 cloves of garlic that I make often. In terms of freezer foods, I recommend making a big batch of ground meat sauce. It’s versatile and can be teamed with spaghetti, rice, eaten on a bun ( aka Sloppy Joe), or made into chilli. Best of luck on your foot surgery. I owe you an email (ack, motherhood!)

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    kickpleat   May 17, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I like the sound of a greek lentil soup packed with garlic, Joanne! I’m staying away from red meat at the moment, but I’m sure I could find some ground turkey as a good chili substitute! Thanks!!

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    Joanne M   May 17, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Here’s the basic Greek lentil soup recipe, but feel free to adjust and add as much garlic as you want.

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    Hafsa   May 23, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    yum this dish looks so good! Love potatoes and lentils and i will soon try this. Thanks for sharing it. πŸ™‚

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    Vanessa   May 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    This looks so tasty! I’ll have to try it soon.

    I wish you a swift recovery from surgery! Hope all goes well. One of my favorite things to freeze (and to eat!) is your jalapeno sweet potato corn bisque. EVERY time I bring it into the work lunch room my colleagues ask for the recipe… and I get to point them in the way of my favourite food blog. πŸ™‚

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    Kuldeep Kumar   June 3, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Looks Yummy and Delicious !!
    Here is the Weather Changing In day time rise the Temperature approx 45 degree Celcious but in night temperature slightly down. I will try this one coming Sunday nice one.. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us..

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    Michelle   July 12, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I just made this for dinner tonight (after picking up the needed sweet potato a couple weeks ago – only to have the June-uary weather turn hot). Delicious. I was out of green onion, but had cilantro so that was our green garnish.

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    Arniv   August 6, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Mexican Spiced lentils with sweet potatoes looks awesome. I will definitely going to try it soon. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Lisa   February 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    It’s pouring, and I am finally making this right NOW.


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    Melissa Novotny   July 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Oh yes, yes YES! Loving the idea of a vegetarian mole (and everything is better with sweet potatoes anyway, right??) πŸ˜‰

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    Sasha   March 20, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Oh they look so good! We are a bit obsessed with sweet potato wedges here at the moment which is not a bad thing to be obsessed with I suppose ? For some reason I never thought to cube them, I think it is a brilliant idea! How do you find the skin though? I have been always peeling them as find their skin a bit tough. Perhaps it’s not such a problem with cubes as they are smaller? x

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    kickpleat   March 20, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Sasha, if they are unblemished and younger (smaller?), then I don’t peel the skin – I just give them a bit of a scrub. I have no issues with the skin, lots of nutrients I imagine.

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    Lisa   March 21, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Love this recipe so much and make it so often that I planted green onions! So good.

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    kickpleat   March 22, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Lisa, so glad to hear it!!

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    Natasha   January 24, 2019 at 2:21 am

    My kids just love sweet potatoes, they will definitely love this I m gonna make this on this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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    Luke Thomas   June 29, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe, this is clearly simple and easy to prepare.

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    Varun sharma   May 19, 2020 at 2:23 am

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe

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    Lalit Sharma   July 3, 2020 at 3:07 am

    Oh they look so good! I just made this for dinner tonight

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