Meet your new favorite dish, sweet potatoes filled with barbecue lentils. This recipe has been a regular in our house lately, we had it twice this week!
The baked sweet potatoes are super soft on the inside, topped with spicy-sweet-smoky green lentils and drizzled with tahini sauce. It results in a combination of flavors and texture that I just can't get enough.
Sometimes, all you want is a filling, hearty, yet healthy meal that is easy to make without sacrificing flavor. This is exactly what this recipe is about.
This recipe is really simple and incredibly delicious. The potatoes are wrapped with foil and put in the oven for about one hour, in the meantime you can prepare the lentils.
Lentils are THE superfood. They are packed with protein and fiber, low in fat and cook in about 25 minutes. The lentils are cooked with tomato sauce, maple syrup, mustard, sriracha and liquid smoke to create that particular barbecue flavor.
I also added some smoked paprika that pairs really well with the tomato sauce. If you don't have liquid smoke, just double the amount of smoked paprika.
Once your sweet potatoes are cooked, you just open them with a knife, top with barbecue lentils and drizzle with tahini sauce. And there you go, a simple yet flavorful meal made with basic and natural ingredients.
These also make a great pre-workout meal, they are loaded with carbs, high in protein and really filling. Only half a serving keeps me full for the whole afternoon!
Let me know if you try this recipe (I hope you do, because it's super tasty!) and feel free to tag @fullofplants on Instagram!
BBQ Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- 4 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 large onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 cup dried green lentils
- 1 cup pure tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon sriracha or more to taste
- olive oil
- 2 tablespoon tahini
- ¼ cup non-dairy yogurt
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- water to thin out
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Wash and brush the sweet potatoes, pat them dry with a dish towel.
- Prick each potato a few times with a knife and wrap each one loosely with foil.
- Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour, or until the sweet potatoes are soft.
- Heat two teaspoons of olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions and garlic and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring from time to time to prevent the onions from burning.
- Add the tomato sauce, water, maple syrup, mustard, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, salt and lentils.
- Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for about 25-30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the sriracha, to taste.
- Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven, and slice them lengthwise down the center. Expand the sides a little bit and top with about ⅓ cup of the bbq lentils. Drizzle with tahini sauce.
- Serve hot with a salad.
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Add more water if needed to thin out.
- The nutritional information is based on one medium sweet potato (225g) and about ⅓ cup of green bbq lentils.
Thanks Lisa! 🙂
Delicious! I added lime juice to the sauce instead of water. Yum!
Glad you liked them! Lime juice usually goes very well with tahini 😉
The combination of sweet potato and lentils sounds amazing. I would like to try this recipe. Which non dairy yogurt do you recommend?
Thanks! I usually use a basic soy yogurt.
Thank you for your recommendation. 🙂
This recipe brought me to your blog. They were absolutely delicious and such a hearty meal after burning some major calories running the trails. Can't wait to try some more of your recipes. Thank you.
Thanks Heather! Great post-workout meal 😉
Your recipe is excellent and even kid approved! Thanks so much.
Awesome! Thanks for the feedback Sarah!
Hello! This recipe sounds amazing! I was wondering if you had tried it with regular potatoes or if you thought it could work with them?
Hi Yumi, I have never tried with regular white potatoes but I assume it will work the same.
This recipe was spot on! Our family is trying out more vegetarian recipes to cut down on the meat consumption and it was refreshing seeing a lentil recipe that wasn’t curry or soup. This is going to be one of our new “go tos” for easy and relatively quick dinner recipes!
Awesome! Thanks for your feedback Kat 🙂
it was simply delicious! Loved the texture, the mix of tamoto with spices!
Thanks Josée 🙂
Amazing! Got many compliments from picky family members 😉 Love some lemon juice in my tahini too so added that, and used half red lentils because we ran out of green. I can’t stop eating the bbq lentil filling please send help
Thanks for your feedback Laura! 🙂