Sweet Potato & Lentil Stew

This hearty stew is packed full of vitamins and protein, and it has a sweeter taste that kids enjoy. I made it in the crockpot, but if you are pressed for time, it can cook up in a boiling stockpot in about an hour.

3 cups lentils (either canned or soaked overnight)
3 cups cubed sweet potatoes
4 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
3 tbsp agave
3 tbsp orange juice
2 tsp parsley
olive oil
First, sweat the onion, celery, and carrots in a pan on high heat, with a little olive oil. Let it simmer until the onions are clear (or longer if your little ones are averse to vegetable textures). When they look done, add the sweet potatoes and a splash of the chicken stock, and cook for another 10 minutes.
Add the mixture, and all the other ingredients, to your crockpot. Cook on high for 3 hours, or until sweet potatoes are tender.


  1. This looks great. I think I will try it next week. Thanks for posting recipes like this.

  2. This is a wonderful post. I shall try this this week. I've posted similar recipes on my site too. Check them out if you have a change. Fred

  3. Hi! I think I'd like to try this tomorrow but I have a couple of questions.

    DId you use sweet potatoes or yams, because they look like yams and I don't want to put the wrong thing in. Secondly, agave...uh, so it's cactus, but could you specify what that means? Is that, like, diced...or...? Forgive my ignorance!

  4. Melanie,
    I think you are right, they are yams! I always get them confused. But I think either would work. Agave is a sweetener from the cactus plant. It's a syrup. If you can't find it at the store, maple syrup would work, too!

  5. The agave is new to me as well, although I think I've run across it before here and there (but have never used it). This sounds really good, although I think I'll be eating it by myself. SO doesn't care for lentils, and our 4-year-old has a limited food vocabulary at present. :-) Thanks for posting this!


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