Sweet, Curried Lentil Stew


The cold has arrived in the Northeast, although without snow. Hmm. Here's a very delicious curried lentil stew to warm you to your bones!


Sweet, Curried Lentil Stew

1 cup French or brown lentils, soaked (you can also cut your cooking time by using lentils in a can--buy organic when possible!)

2 large sweet potatoes, chopped 1 small yellow onion, diced 1 Tbsp coconut oil 3 large leaves of collards or chard, washed and sliced thin


1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp curry 1 tsp cumin 1/4 esp cardamom 1/4 tsp coriander 1 tsp fresh ginger root, minced 1 large garlic clove, minced 1/2 tsp sea salt


In a large soup pot, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Add (previously soaked) lentils, reduce heat to medium and cook until softened. Add sweet potatoes when the lentils are half-cooked. Add more water as needed for desired texture (soup or stew).

In a large saucepan, melt coconut oil over medium heat and cook onions, garlic and ginger in coconut oil until onions are translucent. Add spices and stir until blended well. Simmer for a few minutes.

Add onion/spice mixture to large pot with lentils and sweet potatoes. Add greens and simmer for 15 minutes or until greens are softened.


Serve hot and enjoy!


Today's Lunch

I am working from home today. Which is like every day: I do it when I want. Where I want. And HOW I want.

This time last year, I was begging and pleading for the chance to work from home more often (this was a "privilege" that was given out arbitrarily and often to the bewilderment of many colleagues) because I had grown to know it suited my working style best. I wanted to perform better and an office didn't work best for me to concentrate and produce. Despite the many people who were afforded this privilege, they denied my request.

A recent acquaintance said, "when it's time to move/change, the Universe sends a letter, then a package, and then you get hit by a bus"...or something like that.

It took that many clear messages from the Universe that this was not the proper work environment for me. It was time to move along. I welcomed the chance when it came this past December.

Now---I am sitting on my porch, enjoying a wonderful breeze and checking in with my student clients from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

I was so inspired by the progress three of them have made that I sat here and said, "wow, I have NOT been eating enough fresh greens lately. I can't go on like this."

I got up from my chair, rode my bike 1 mile to DAVE'S FRESH PASTA in Somerville, MA and picked up:

1) 1 bag of fresh arugula picked on a nearby farm

2) 1 bag of fresh spinach "

3) a pint of fresh blueberries "

4) a container of DAVE'S homemade honey poppyseed dressing

5) a container of their fresh crumbled goat cheese

6) two homemade chocolate chip cookies

This is my lunch.

This is my life.