We have enjoyed this a green vegetable of some sort on the side, along with a salad -- but I can envision roasted cauliflower going great with this!
You may wonder at the use of white sweet potatoes in this recipe. I can find them easily at my supermarket, and it's not a fancy one, but some may find it a hard item to locate. If that's the case, use a regular sweet potato. The only reason I stuck the white in there was because I had them on hand, and I figured the color contrast would be nice.
I got the original recipe here and tweaked it pretty well considering the original recipe is for a pressure cooker and I don't have one of those. It's also supposed to go over a potato -- my way just seemed simpler.
A note, though, on the sweetener. I think the original author wanted to use the dates as a sweetener -- great idea, but it wasn't enough for me (or maybe my dates were small compared to hers!), but I would use what the recipe says and then taste and adjust the sweetness. For me, that meant adding a solid TBLS of brown sugar. I think molasses would have worked really well, too. Or, in future, adding just another (smallish) date or two. It's all personal preference.
Red Lentil Chili with White Sweet Potatoes
- 1 lg red bell pepper
- 4-6 Medijol dates (see note)
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 15oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 3 cups broth/water
- 1 1/2 cups dry red lentils
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 2 TBLS apple cider vinegar
- 1 TBS oregano
- 2 tsp basil
- 2-3 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp liquid smoke (opt)
- 1-2 TBLS (to taste) of brown sugar or molasses if needed.
- 4 cups 1/2 in cubed white (or yellow or orange) sweet potatoes (nuked slightly if you need this to come together really fast on the stove top)
-- With a food processor, puree bell pepper, dates, garlic, fire roasted tomatoes, and 1/2 cup water together until smooth.
-- Add everything (including tomato puree) into a crockpot. Cook on high for 3-4 hours until lentils are all cooked and potatoes are soft.
-- [Stovetop] Saute onion in pot on the stove. When tender, add everything else. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes until lentils are tender and potatoes are cooked through.
Note on dates: I would suggest starting off using just the 4 dates and adding the sugar/molasses if you find the chili needs more sweetness. If you did end up wanting it sweeter, the second time around making the chili, try using all 6 dates.