Once in a while I make a dinner that the mr does not want to eat, like anything with too much corn or things made with lots of vinegar... not his taste. Don't get me wrong, most of the time, he will eat what I make (casue he loves me) but he clearly doesn't really like it. And that's when pup usually gets left over for dinner. (He always likes everything that I cook)
One of those things that I know the mr doesn't like are beets. Sure, he will eat things that has a few beets in it, but once he found out that this casserole starred beets, his eyes widened and he looked worried, like "oh great, but please don't make me eat this". Not to worry. He was getting pasta for dinner because this casserole was not for him. It was for me. It has everything that I love in the word (food wise ) tossed together and baked into a pretty skillet, just for me. Plus the beets, sweet potato and kale were the last from the farm share. So it was my good by farm food, casserole of greatness. And I didn't want to share.
So yeah, if you are not a fan of beets, or any of the other stuff in this casserole for that matter, then don't make it. But if you are awesome and know the greatness of the beet, especially paired with lentils and sweet potato, well I suggest you go and make this right away. And bonus... it's super healthy and hardy which make for a great dinner on a cold night and after all the holiday food last week.
The stuff. A large sweet potato, a couple of big beets and some dried lentils. Gonna want some veggies, like an onion, carrots, cabbage and kale. Also want garlic, some salt and pepper, water and tiny bit of olive oil.
First thing first, get the beets and the sweet potato in a pot to boil* Just dice then up and toss into a pot with enough water to submerge the roots. Sprinkle in a bit of water ad bring to a boil, stick a lid on pot, and turn hat to medium.
*Note. I boiled my beets and sweet potato in one pot because well, I just didn't want to have one more pot to wash. But if you do this, your sweet potato will turn slightly pink, whichI think is really pretty. If you want your sweet potato puree to look orange, gonna have to dirty another pot and boil the beets separately.
And chop up our veggies and mince the garlic. Drizzle a tiny amount of oil into a skillet or pot, toss in veggies (minus the kale) and cook on medium heat just until they start to soften a tiny bit. Once the veggies are cooked, remove them from heat, add in chopped kale, and set aside.
And make your lentils. (i used the pot I just cooked the veggies in. The less dishes the better!) Water and lentils into pot with a pinch of salt, bring to boil, cover and place on low until lentils are tender.
Cooked and ready to go!
When the beets and sweet potato are fork tender, drain water into a jar and separate the beets from the potato (if you boiled them together). Blend the beets then the sweet potato until it’s the consistency that you would enjoy eating it (I like a little bit of chunk, not completely smooth) Use the drained water to thin out as much as you need/want.
All the stuff ready to compile.
Grab the cooked veggies and toss them into a oven safe skillet or casserole dish and mix together with the lentils. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Now evenly spread the beet puree on top of the veggies
Then ever so gently, spread the sweet potato on top of that.
Give the top a good pinch of salt and pepper and stick the thing into the oven.
Remove from oven when the sweet potato has browned andis slightly crispy.
And scoop a big old scoop into a bowl, grab a fork, and stuff your face!
Happy today day!
Remove from oven, let cook for a few minutes then eat it with a fork, a spoon, or your fingers.
Beet Sweet Potato and Lentil Casserole
Make 3-4 servings (or one serving for me!)
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 medium beets
- 1 cup cried lentils
- 2 cups water
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- a medium yellow onion
- 2 carrots
- ¼ head of cabbage
- a few kale leaves
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
Note.. I did not add extra seasoning to this because I love the taste just as it is. But if you are feeling like it needs some seasoning, just add some in.
Start by chopping the beets and sweet potato into medium sized chunks and boiling them until they are fork tender. You can do this either in two separate pots or in one large pot. (if in one pot, the sweet potato will turn a little pink)
Once those are boiling, chop up all the veggies (not the kale yet) and the garlic and toss into a pot or skillet with a drizzle of olive oil and cook on medium heat until the veggies are slightly tender. Remove from heat, add in chopped kale and set aside.
And make the lentils ( I cooked the veggies in the pot, removed them ans used the pot to make the lentils... less dishes). Dump the 2 cups water, a pinch of salt, and the lentils into a pot. Bring to boil, cover, then turn heat to low. Cook for about 20 minutes until the lentil are tender.
Preheat oven to 400
Once everything is cooked and ready to go, dump the lentils and the veggies into oven safe skillet or casserole dish and mix around. Take beet puree and spread evenly over the mixture. Then do the same with the sweet potato puree. Sprinkle the top with salt and pepper and stick the casserole into the oven to bake until the top is all browned and slightly crunchy (about 30 minutes)
Remove from the oven, let it cool for a few minutes, then eat it. Fork, spoon, or your fingers work.