Rice, Lentil, Sweet Potato Stew
This can easily be made into a meatless dish by omitting the sausage. Pork or beef sausage could be substituted. The last time I made this I used a spicy chicken sausage.
1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon each: ground cloves, ground coriander, ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to your taste
1 cup brown rice
1/2 lentils, rinsed and picked over
2 fresh plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
12 to 16 oz. smoked turkey sausage cut into 1 inch slices
In a 4 quart pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and spices and stir 1 minute. Add rice, lentils, tomatoes, salt and 5 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 1 hour.
Stir in sausage and sweet potatoes and simmer until sweet potatoes are softened, about 30 minutes.