Garam Masala Sweet Potatoes and Indian Spiced Lentils

There is no arguing that meals that can be tossed into a bowl are the best! Even better, is when your bowl turns out to be delicious when you thought you had nothing in the refrigerator to make for dinner. 

I whipped this bowl up quickly and was beyond happy with all of the bold flavors. My recipes are all about quick, simple, and nutritious-- this clean-out-the-fridge bowl is not any different. 

I love to swap out my grains--from quinoa to farro to lentils, I enjoy all of them and trying out different ingredients when cooking with them. Lentils are one of my favorites. They are LOW-FODMAP, excellent sources of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber and protein, are very low in calories, and contain virtually NO FAT-- leaving you full and satisfied. 

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato (skin on),  cut into 1 inch cubes 
  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil, divided 
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/2 cup lentils, rinsed (with a strainer)
  • 1/4 cup sweet onions, diced 
  • 1/2 tbsp. fresh grated ginger 
  • 1/2 tbsp. garlic, roughly chopped 
  • 1/4 tsp.  turmeric*
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika*
  • 1/4 tsp. fenugreek* 
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt ( I like FAGE)
  • 1 tbsp. cilantro, chopped 
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • Juice from 1/4 lime + zest of 1/2 lime 
  • 1 tsp. jalapeno, diced 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

*Curry blend: can be purchased with all three spices (1/2-1 tsp.)

How To 

  • Preheat oven to 415. Toss cubed potatoes with avocado oil, garam masala, and salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet. Let roast for 45-50 minutes, until appear golden brown.
  • Add 1.5 cups of water to a saucepan, bring to a boil. Add lentils.  Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until softened.
  • In a small saute pan,  add 1 tbsp. avocado oil.  Add onions and ginger.  Mix with turmeric, paprika, fenugreek. cook until onions are translucent and somewhat browned (caramelized). DID YOU KNOW?  cooking turmeric WITH onions has significant effects on reducing size of precancerous lesions in the gastrointestinal tract?  Also, turmeric WITH black pepper increases bioavailability of the nutrients from turmeric in the body. Fascinating! Anyway, back to the recipe,  Add garlic, mix, and cook for another 3 minutes. 
  • Turn off the stove and add spinach, let wilt from the remaining heat/steam. 
  • Toss onion, ginger, garlic mixture with lentils. Place in a bowl and add 1/2 of the roasted sweet potatoes. 
  • For the yogurt sauce, mix yogurt and remaining ingredients together.  Add an extra squeeze of lime juice over the top and enjoy!

Health Perks

HIgh FIBER, protein

Easy and quick 

anti-diabetic 

heart healthy

Good for digestion

anti-bacterial 

folate, magnesium, iron, molybdenum 

anti-tumor

blood sugar stabilizing 

anti-cancer

analgesic & anesthetic: eugenol 

increased spices for flavor and nutrients 

anti-inflammatory 

vitamin a, c, pantothenic acid, niacin, manganese

Anti-spasmodic (relieves, prevents, or lowers incidences of muscle spasms)

Kid Friendly 

Antioxidants 

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