Sweet Potato Stew with Lentils and Spinach

a bowl of stew with sweet potato, lentils, and leafy greens
Prep Time: 
45 minutes
Number of Servings: 
4 servings


  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh minced ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 sweet potatoes(unpeeled), chopped into bite-size chunks
  • 1 12 cups red or yellow lentils, rinsed
  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat oil in a medium pot set over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 2 minutes. Add cumin and turmeric and sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Add sweet potatoes, lentils, and enough water to just cover ingredients in pot.
  3. Simmer until lentils and sweet potato are tender, approximately 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Add spinach and simmer for a few minutes, or until spinach is soft and wilted. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Nutrition Info: 
395 Calories, 20 g Protein, 64 g Carbohydrates, 6 g Total sugars (0 g Added sugars), 11 g Fiber, 8 g Total fat (1 g sat), 346 mg Sodium, ★★★★★ Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Folate, ★★★★ Vitamin B6, ★★★ Iron, Phosphorus, ★★ Zinc, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Magnesium, Potassium


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