Sweet Potato-Lentil Stew

Thank you all for the comments regarding my wedding dress sneak peek. I loved reading all your sweet comments.

I forgot to share with you that the sample dress I tried on was my size and it fits me perfectly, except for the part around the hips which will be taken in during my fitting in April. My stylist told me privately, right before we left “You can’t gain weight because there’s no room. Ok, thank you, have a great day!”. Ugh….geez, thanks for the pressure.

Here are my thoughts about that comment, because I know that brides-to-be worry a lot about their weight. I’ve seen the discussions on the wedding forums I participate in and it’s stressful for many brides.

I haven’t weighed myself in a few months. I eat healthy most of the time and I don’t really worry about my weight because I’ve stayed the same the last few years (fluctuates around 5 lb range). I usually go by my energy level and how my clothes fit to determine if I need to watch what I eat more closely.

I know from my experience in the past where I’ve gained weight on the scale but went down a few sizes because I got toned and gained muscles. So I’m thinking that the number on the scale isn’t really what matters.  I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing, eat healthy meals and stay active.

Now lets talk about a dish that I’ve been enjoying. It’s December and it’s cold, and there are days where all I crave are soups.

I make a big batch of this soup and keep the leftovers in the freezer for quick and easy weeknight dinners.


Sweet Potato-Lentil Stew (from The Kind Diet cookbook)
Served on its own or as a soupy stew over brown basmati rice or couscous, this dish is hearty and filling.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

1/4 cup safflower oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 small tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
Fine sea salt
2-3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾” cubes
7 cups vegetable broth
1 cup brown lentils

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large, deep pot. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for two minutes or until the onion starts to soften. Stir in the tomatoes and ginger and cook for three minutes. Stir in the turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, and a small pinch of salt. Cook and stir for two minutes, then taste for seasonings; try to use only enough salt to heighten the flavors.

Add the sweet potatoes, broth, and lentils. Stir well, and bring to a boil over high heat. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes or until the lentils and sweet potatoes are soft.

The key to making this soup are the spices. While the soup simmers, your house will be filled with an aroma that will make you day dream of shopping at a spice market in an exotic location (ala Sex and The City 2 movie).


I love sweet potatoes so I added more.


This was the leftover portion. I let the frozen soup thawed in the refrigerator all day and heated it on stove top for dinner. The lentils absorbed most of the liquid so you can add more vegetable stock if you like. I just left it as is and added greek yogurt for a thicker soup.



  1. i love your philosophy on staying healthy. that is perfect! the scale can be such a dangerous thing. and that stew…perfection!

  2. squigglefloey says:

    Grr! Your stylist needs a lil’ pinch on the arm, because you’ll look beautiful no matter what you wear and no matter what size you are on your wedding day!

  3. ah! That is so cool that the dress you tried on was your size (for the most part). I bet it made it feel so much more “real”. That soup looks incredible. I really want to get the Kind Diet book. Love Alicia.

  4. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    You are absolutely right on not to worry about the scale it’s how you fit into your clothes and see yourself in the mirror. *thumbs-up*

    I also fluctuate between 1-5lbs. on a regular basis. I’ve been working out for about 1.5 years strong and I’ve reached my goal weight and then some. Woo Hoo and that’s what I see from day to day.

    In fact I noticed that I had some winter clothes put away so I decided to put my summer clothes away and pull out my winter clothes and in the process I saw some jeans that I had stored away and I pulled them out and guess what 3 pair of jeans fit me. 😛

    I also need to buy a few more slacks for work as all the old stuff is a size 10 and I’m now a size 6-8. Yippeee. I do track my food and exercise no need now but I’m made some awesome friends on Sparkpeople.com that I can’t help to continue tracking I love motivating and being supportive.

    Enough about me and about that comment you can take it with a grain of salt; and you did. They know what most brides-to-be go through so they are just looking out for you. *wink*

    That soup looks delicious – I love lentils. I have The Kind Diet but I haven’t made any dishes from her book. Duh I think I’m going to have to pull out that book and start cooking and baking.

  5. Yummy! I love sweet potatoes, but have never had them in a soup! This looks really good!!!!

  6. This looks amazing!

  7. I hate the fact that your stylist said that to you. I think you will look absolutely beautiful in your wedding gown. Don’t let a comment that someone said make you stress over weight. It’s totally not worth it. You are exactly right. The number on the scale doesn’t matter. 🙂

    I’ve never had lentils before but I’ve always wanted to try them. This soup looks great! So comforting!

  8. You are going to be one of the hottest brides ever..ow ow ow! 5lbs or not!

    Why can’t I be your wedding stylist? 😉 Ooo how ’bout I fly to PV and be your day-of wedding coordinator??? =)

    Stew looks delish…I was hunting for recipes just like this..thanks!

  9. spoonfulofsugarfree says:

    I love love love lentils! And Shanna (above) is totally right! You will look fabulous!

  10. The soup sound so good. Perfect for this time of year. And you’re right about the scale not always telling the whole story. You’re going to be so beautiful.

  11. Oh man. “No Pressure” is right – how awful! I love the way that you think with regards to weight vs how you feel. It is definitely better to not be focused on numbers, but rather on your overall mood/health/etc. You are going to make a stunning, healthy bride ❤

  12. I always feel so sad when I hear that brides are so hung up on losing weight before their wedding that they can’t enjoy all the preparations leading up to the big day. I’m really glad you aren’t focusing on a number! I agree with previous posters that you are a knockout and you will be a stunning bride.


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