Smashed sweet potato & lentil nourish bowl

Hello my lovely readers,

I am so sorry I have neglected you for the past while, so much has been going on so expect some exciting posts coming up!

So… to repay you, here is a delicious, simple recipe that you can really make your own. I mean you can add anything to it and it will taste amazing. Using few ingredients in this recipe, the beautiful, natural flavours will make you want to eat bowl after bowl! Without further rambling on, here is your recipe.

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Keeping in mind that since changing to a plant based, wholefoods diet, I eat a heck of a lot of food. So the measurements here are usually a lunch or dinner serving for me but it can be easily adjusted to suit your needs.

You will need:

2 large sweet potatoes

1 cup of rice – any type will do

1 tin of lentils

Handful or two of spinach

Sprinkle of smoked paprika

Pinch of mixed herbs & spices – I used a mix of rosemary, oregano, thyme

Drizzle of olive oil

To begin you will need to bring a medium pot of water to the boil and preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Now peel and chop your sweet potatoes into about 3 pieces per potato (depending of the size), and when the water is boiling, place them in to cook for about 30 minutes or until soft BUT you don’t want them to be too mushy.

Hint: Don’t throw away the water the sweet potato was boiled in, we will use this later.

Once cooked, put the boiled sweet potato in a deep baking tray and, this may sound weird but, you need to grab a large spoon and smash the sweet potato. Now not until it’s like mash potato because that’s not the goal here but so the sweet potato is no longer in massive chunks. Drizzle the potato with olive oil and add your spices. As I said, you can really add whatever you like because you can’t really destroy this meal. Place in the oven to cook anywhere from 40-60 minutes or until the sweet potato is super crispy and delicious.

Whilst the sweet potato is crispy up nicely, you need to cook your rice. It doesn’t matter which type of rice you choose but obviously the times to cook will vary depending on which you choose. I like to use white rice so it usually takes around 12-15 minutes but if you use brown you will need to allow at least 40 minutes.

Once the rice is cooked, you need to drain and rinse the lentils and the stir them into the rice. You can also add the chopped up spinach here.

I added a touch of tamari (salt reduced soy sauce) to the rice for a bit of extra flavour!

Your sweet potato should be nice and crispy now so take it out and place on top of the rice, lentils & spinach.

Enjoy!

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