Skincare Foods for Fall (Part 1)- Savory Lentil Stew

By Lauren

  • One of the best skincare foods to enjoy during this fall season is savory lentil stew
  • Lentils are packed with skincare-friendly nutrients such as amino acids, vitamin B and biotin
  • Check out my personal favorite recipe below for a healthy & hearty meal in tune with the season!

In my previous post celebrating the Fall Equinox, I recommended a few foods to support you during this season of transition.  One of them was savory lentil stew and below I'm sharing my favorite recipe! 

Lentils are packed with nutrients such as protein, amino acids, iron, vitamin B, biotin and fiber which makes them a skincare superfood as well.  Lentils are known to aid in the maintenance of healthy skin and help support hair and nail growth.  

My personal recipe incorporates a ton of nutrient rich veggies too so you'll be in for a healthy and hearty meal that will help your body sync with the seasons and also boost a glow!

Savory Lentil Stew (makes 4 servings)

Warm vegetable stews are an easy, wonderful way to honor the fall season. These stews provide grounding energy as the wind of fall picks up. Stews also make great leftovers, shareable dishes and are easily frozen for future use. Feel free to shift the vegetables used in this recipe depending on what is fresh and in-season in your area. Don’t be afraid to play!

  • Place one tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter) in a large pot and melt
  • Add one chopped white onion
  • Stir frequently and add a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of cumin, a teaspoon of turmeric, and garlic
  • Cook until the onion is translucent.
  • Add one cup of red lentils
  • Add four cups of vegetable broth
  • Bring onions, lentils and broth to a boil
  • Let simmer for 10 minutes
  • Add lemon zest to the pot. To create lemon zest, use a grader and shave the outside of a washed, organic lemon. Place one half teaspoon of lemon zest into the pot for an extra lemony kick.
  • Add one sweet potato, zucchini, and 2 carrots cut into one-inch pieces
  • Let simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the lentils and vegetables are tender. I add the vegetables later so that they are not too soft and retain their nutrients. If vegetables are overcooked they can lose some of their nutritional power!
  • Add additional pinches cumin, salt, garlic powder and turmeric to taste
  • Turn off the stove and add 2 cups of chopped spinach, which will wilt in the remaining heat
  • Place in large soup bowls and add a squeeze of lime and pinch of cilantro before serving and enjoy!