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Simple Nourishing – Spicy Kale Lentil Sweet Potato Stew

Posted on March 28, 2018 by Margaret Schlachter

Do you ever have those days where all you want is something warm and nourishing? Recently, even with spring in the air, I have just wanted warm nourishing food. I love meat but recently have found myself being drawn more to the bone broths, and traditional fats than the meat itself. Instead, craving the nutrient-dense vegetables like kale and sweet potatoes.

I did what I always do to find a recipe… search online. I found this recipe from Eat, Live, Run for Spicy Lentils with Sweet Potato and Kale. It pretty much ticked off all the boxes for what I wanted to eat. However, I didn’t have all the ingredients. So I adapted and made my own version.

This recipe can be vegan if you want, mine is not. It could fall into a couple food categories like Paleo but the lentils kick it out for most. It is gluten-free, not sure why gluten would be in a veg stew. I use bone broth we make and tallow but you can use Olive Oil and Vegetable broth to make it vegan or vegetarian.

It’s up to you. I love Fatworks fats and use their grass-fed and pasture raised natural fats as well as U.S. Wellness Meats (both of which are still small companies, not affiliated just a fan). But for me, it’s a warm nourishing meal that I can make in bulk and save for later.

Spicy Lentil Kale Sweet Potato “Stew”


1 Sweet Potato Chopped

1/2 Onion Chopped

2-3 Garlic Cloves Chopped

2-3 tablespoons of Tallow, Duck Fat, or Lard (or other fat you want Coconut or Olive Oil if you want vegetarian)

One Bunch of Kale Chopped

Basil Leaves (optional)

3-4 Bay Leaves (2 if they are large)

2 Cups Bone Broth (or vegetable broth)

1 Cup Lentils

2 tablespoons of dried jalapenos (or other pepper if you want it spicy)

Salt and Pepper to taste


Cut all vegetables, and heat oil in cast iron or another deep pan. When the pan is heated add onions and sweet potatoes. Cook on medium heat for about 5-10 minutes until they are soft and the onions start to be translucent.

Add in Kale until they are a bit wilted. Then add all remaining ingredients. Simmer on medium for about 20 minutes or until most of the broth has been soaked up by the lentils and they are to your liking. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and that is it.

A simple, easy, and nourishing meal to warm you from the inside out! Look for another article soon about how we make our own bone broth for pennies on the dollar and create a super nourishing broth to drink straight or add to any soup as a broth base.