Hello my sweet friends ;) I could talk Yams, just like that, over a tea with a friend… and I would mention how good and nutritious they are, how versatile, and I would mention all my favourite recipes with sweet potatoes…. Of course, not every friend is up for the yam-talk…. so, I’d test out the waters first… dip my toes in a bit with some other type of ‘sweet’ talk ;D
This is a great recipe I have recently made for dinner again, so now, it’s my go-to recipe for something healthy, vegan and gluten-free, but also high in protein and fibre with the lovely add-in of lentils ;)
If you recall, I have made the Lentil Casserole, sans Sweet Potatoes/ Yams before – and that was also a huge hit! Enjoy!
Sweet Potato and Lentil Casserole
1 large sweet potato (yam)
1 cup of dry red lentils (sliced are best as they cook faster)
1 medium onion
2 medium carrots
1/4 of celery root
1 tsp dried basil and oregano
dash of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil for cooking
fresh dill or basil for top
Cook the lentils as per instructions (make sure there’s not a lot of liquid in them near the end).
Shred the sweet potato/ yam, carrots and celery root in a food slicer (or grater will work fine).
In a large sauce pan (large enough to hold all your ingredients later), dice and sautee the onion and set aside.
Add the shredded ingredients to the onions and cook for about 5-15 minutes.
Add the cooked lentils to this and mix to combine all the ingredients well.
Season to taste with salt & pepper, basil and oregano and a bit of cayenne pepper.
Scoop onto an oven-safe dish and bake at 350 F for 20-30 minutes.
Sprinkle the fresh dill on top and serve.
Yams hit the shopping cart pretty much every time I do a larger food run ~ I make them the super-star of many meals, or sometimes just hide them in with other foods on the dinner plate. When we do have them as part of an enjoyable family gathering, someone – usually my 4 year old yells out “Who’re you calling a Sweet Potato!” - that line from Toy Story 3 gets me laughing-to-myslef every time I pick up a sweet potato at the grocery store. And I think that sometimes I get them, unknowingly just for that reason ;)
I hope you’ll try out this recipe soon, and tell me how you like it ;D xo
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