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Savory Rhubarb Lentil with Spinach and Red Peppers (vegan)

Another one of our favorite blogs shares a must-try rhubarb recipe! This dish combines lentils, rhubarb and spinach with sweet potatoes, red pepper and a touch brown sugar.
 
INGREDIENTS:
 
1 large sweet potato
1 cup of lentils
3 cups of water
1 bay leaf
1 stalk (or 2) of rhubarb (diced into small pieces)
1/2 of 1 red bell pepper (diced into small pieces)
2 cups frozen spinach or 2 cups cooked spinach, chopped finely
1 TB olive oil
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1 TB minced ginger
1 TB cumin powder
1 TB brown sugar
salt to taste
add a pinch of red pepper flakes for some heat
 
DIRECTIONS:
Pour 3 cups of water in a saucepan. Add lentils and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes or until lentils are soft, but not falling apart. Drain excess water.
 
Cook sweet potato. My favorite method is baking: Wrap sweet potato in foil and bake at 425 for about 20 minutes or until the skin pulls away from the flesh and the potato is soft. Baking caramelizes the sugar and brings a nice deep flavor to the potato. You can also just peel and cube the sweet potato and steam it. 
While lentils are simmering, cut your vegetables.
 
In a large sauté pan, heat oil, add red pepper flakes and fennel. Add ginger (careful here, this may lead to a minor explosion. Have a lid handy just in case) Add cumin.
Add red peppers and rhubarb to the pan. Sauté for a few minutes. Add spinach and sautée until fully cooked. Add cooked lentils, cooked sweet potato and brown sugar and stir. Add salt to taste.
 
Serve alone or with a grain like rice or quinoa.
 
Original recipe from: http://www.scissorsandspice.com/2011/05/spice-in-kitchen-savory-rhubarb-lentil.html