Savory Red Lentils With Sweet Potato

Man, nutrient dense comfort food, that’s what’s up. The earthy, savory flavor of herbs with the creamy sweet goodness of sweet potatoes makes this a dream. Something about the flavors and creamy texture remind me of thanksgiving, eating this gave me the same cozy smile on my face. While I intended to eat this on rice, I ended up just eating this by itself with a spoon, no regrets. 😋  A mere 1/4 cup of dry red lentils has 15% DV of iron. For those of us wanting to avoid red meat for ethical or health reasons, lentils are a great source of this essential nutrient!


You need:

-1 onion chopped

-2 sweet potatoes cubed

-garlic cloves chopped (I used like 6, but I’m a garlic lover, so 2-4 is probably good)

-1 cup rinsed red lentils

-1 bay leaf

– 1/2 tsp black pepper

-1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

-1/2 tsp basil

-1/2 tsp oregano

-1/4 tsp sage

-dash of salt if you want (I forgot it and it was great in my opinion)

-1-2 TBS coconut oil 

I used my instant pot so that this was a 1 pot speedy operation, but you could do the same in a large saucepan with lid on the stove.

Start by heating some coconut oil and then sautéing onions, sweet potatoes, and garlic until onions are somewhat wilted. Then add your herbs and spices, followed by lentils and enough water to just cover the lentils completely. Then set instantpot to 15min on the bean setting or simmer on the stove for 15-20min until lentils are soft. Sweet potatoes should be perfectly soft by then as well. If using stovetop, add water as needed while stirring intermittently. If you have an instantpot, just let it slow release and serve hot! Enjoy!

Easy vegan tacos with zesty seasoned fries!

This turned out to be an amazing dinner. It already would have been great, but then the hubby pulled some vegan bacon out of the freezer and took these tacos to the next level 🙂  It was a perfect Friday night dinner and pretty easy.  Use pre-made vegan refried beans if you choose, but with the instant-pot, making some from scratch takes very little time, so I did it.  Have fun, get creative, and enjoy!
-Refried beans (I simply cooked dry pintos and then drained, rinsed, and mashed them with some hot sauce)

-corn tortillas (TJs are vegan and 99cents)

-fresh limes 

-avocado

-red onion/carrot/asparagus chopped

-Vegan bacon (optional but awesome, we used This one)

-hot sauce (TJs green hot sauce)

-russet potatoes and sweet potatoes cut into fries

-a few Tbs olive oil

-harissa seasoning

-garlic powder
Here’s all I did:

1. Made pinto beans in my instant pot. Rinsed, drained, mashed with some jalapeño hot sauce, set aside.

2. Chopped veggies and sautéed on the stove with some coconut oil, lime, and chili flakes, set aside.

3.Cut potatos into wedges, threw in a bowl, tossed with harissa and garlic powders, baked inthr over 400F for 20 minutes.

4. Cooked vegan bacon on stovetop per package instructions (This).

5. Cut limes and avocado for garnishing

6. Put tortillas in warm oven (now off) for 5 min to warm.

7. Assembled the heck out of em and enjoyed! Put some of those spicy fries on your taco for added yummmmm