Brazilian Lentil and Sweet Potato Feijoada

Brazilian Lentil and Sweet Potato Feijoada

What is a Brazilian Feijoada you ask? Great question! It's a hearty and flavorful dish inspired by the traditional Brazilian black bean stew, Feijoada, but with lentils and sweet potatoes for a unique twist.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: E Meal
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup green or brown lentils rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 onion chopped*
  • 1 red bell pepper diced*
  • 1 green bell pepper diced*
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or ground garlic 1/2 - 1 tsp.
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups bone broth
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil optional
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. (If using frozen onion and pepper blend you don't really need to add any oil to the pan.)
  • Add minced garlic to the pot and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant. (If using powdered garlic, you can skip this step and add it with the rest of the seasonings.)
  • Stir in diced carrots, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables are slightly softened.
  • Add the rinsed lentils, diced sweet potatoes, diced tomatoes, bone broth, bay leaf, smoked paprika, and ground cumin to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer, covered, for about 25-30 minutes or until the lentils and sweet potatoes are tender. Stir occasionally.
  • Once the lentils and sweet potatoes are cooked, season the feijoada with salt and pepper to taste. Remove the bay leaf.
  • Serve the Brazilian Lentil and Sweet Potato Feijoada hot, garnished with chopped fresh cilantro.

Notes

*You can sub frozen peppers and onions for fresh to save time.
This Brazilian-inspired dish is rich, comforting, and packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins. Enjoy the robust flavors and vibrant colors of this lentil and sweet potato feijoada! This dish does contain protein from the lentils and bone broth. You can add more protein by choosing a lean protein to keep this a healthy carbs dish. Choose from chicken breast, lean fish, egg whites or lean turkey. Or add your favorite protein smoothie on the side.
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