West African Style Red Lentil StewI make it a point to eat beans (or lentils) once a day. I eat them because I think they are one of the healthiest foods on the planet (by the way, beans have been found to be a staple food for centenarians living in Blue Zone regions around the world.) I’m the first to admit though, they are not always the most exciting foods to eat. But add a little spice…and WOW!
West African Spices (& Peanut Butter) Make Red Lentils ExcitingGinger, garlic, cloves, garam masala (this is a complex spice blend and is readily available in the spice aisle of just about any supermarket), curry, coconut and—believe it or not—peanut butter, all combine to deliver an incredibly rich and complex-tasting dish. Peanuts are used a lot in African cuisine, because they are inexpensive, filling and really do wonders for adding a lot of flavor. Best of all, the whole thing takes no time at all to make. The recipe really just has two steps. The slow cooker and spices do all the work!
For those of you with food allergies and food sensitivities, it’s helpful to know this recipe meets the following dietary restrictions:
Egg Free / Grain Free / Gluten Free / Dairy Free
Slow Cooker West African Red Lentil Stew with Turkey
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 3 1/2 hours
- Total Time: 0 hours
- Yield: 6 to 8 1x
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced gingerroot
- 6 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/2 pound pasture-raised ground turkey
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt, plus more to taste
- 3 cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) chopped tomatoes, with juices
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) coconut milk
- 2 cups organic vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons all-natural smooth peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cup red lentils
- Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and saute 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and continue cooking another 2 to 3 minutes, or until onions are softened. Add the ground turkey and salt; cook until turkey is cooked-through, about 5 minutes. Transfer turkey mixture to a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker.
- To the slow cooker, add the sweet potatoes, curry powder, garam masala, tomatoes, coconut milk, vegetable broth, peanut butter and lentils. Mix to blend ingredients well. Cover and cook on high for 3 1/2 hours, or until sweet potatoes are soft. Serve warm.