Smoky Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
As most of you know I eat low carb which means I don’t eat potatoes but I do eat sweet potatoes. There are a multitude of health benefits from said potatoe. So here is a recipe for you to try if you love them too. Enjoy
4 medium sweet potatoes
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 shallot, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbsp. tomato paste
½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 cup red lentils
2 cups vegetable broth
1½ cups water
¼ cup roughly chopped walnuts
Optional toppings: fresh cilantro leaves, Greek yogurt (or coconut milk yogurt if making vegan), and sliced avocado
Preheat oven to 450°F. Poke each sweet potato a few times with the prongs of a fork. Wrap each potato in foil. Place on center oven rack and bake for 60 to 80 minutes, until fork tender.
While potatoes bake, heat oil in a large skillet with a fitted lid over medium heat. Add shallot; cook 2 to 3 minutes, until softened. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, until aromatic. Add tomato paste and red pepper flakes; cook 1 minute, stirring often. Stir in smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, and lentils; cook 1 minute, stirring to coat lentils. Add broth and water, bring mixture to a simmer over medium-high. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 20 to 22 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender and have absorbed most of the liquid. Stir in chopped walnuts.
Slice sweet potatoes down the center, lengthwise. Fill evenly with lentil mixture. Garnish with fresh cilantro, yogurt, and avocado, if desired.
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