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Welcome to
My Enlightened Delights Recipes!

My recipes are all plant based; most are already vegan, but all can be made vegan.
I aim to enlighten readers on decreasing intake of fats/toxins & increasing nutrition by using high quality, organic ingredients. I always cook on the Saladmaster Healthy Cooking System, so I am able to cut out unwanted fats/oils/toxins, excess water & time.

For more info, check out my Vegan Substitutes page & My Cooking Commandments.




Curried Sweet Potato Lentil Tamales

Curried Sweet Potato Lentil Tamales

I have made my fair share of tamales over the years, but when I became a vegan I had to start getting creative with fillings. The first year we attempted vegan tamales, we made a classic black bean & corn mixture, the next year we added some zucchini, and continued to experiment year after year. This year, my boyfriend and I were invited to a "Black Tie Tamale New Year's Party", so I was inspired to make this Curried Sweet Potato Lentil filling by this recipe.

NOTE: soften corn husks in water for 30+ min before assembling tamales.

1 cup chopped organic sweet potato
1 large organic onion, chopped
2 large organic carrots, shredded (#1 cone)
2 organic celery stalks, shredded (#1 cone)
1/2 cup dried organic lentils
2 tsp organic yellow curry powder
2 organic garlic cloves
1 cup veggie broth or filtered water

Chop & cook sweet potato and set aside. While sweet potato is cooking, chop & measure remaining ingredients. 

Over medium heat, saute onions for 2 min. Add celery & carrots, cook till al dente (about 8 min).
Add garlic, curry powder & dry lentils. Saute 2-3 minutes, then add broth/water. Allow to boil, then reduce heat & simmer for 20-30 min (or until lentils are fully cooked). Mix in sweet potato & use to fill tamales.

Preheat steamer water on medium while assembling tamales. I'm not a tamale rolling expert, so you can find directions here.

Cook tamales in a steamer basket for about an hour or 2 or until masa is fully cooked & firm.



4 cups Bob's Red Mill Masa Harina (Amazon)
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup coconut oil
3 1/2 cups vegetable broth or water

Melt coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Meanwhile, mix Masa Harina, sea salt and baking soda. Mix in melted coconut oil until masa resembles wet sand. Slowly incorporate broth/water about 1/2 cup at a time. 

NOTE: Traditionally, you test masa by floating a small ball of it in a cup of cold water. This mix did not pass that test, but the finished product's flavor and consistency was amazing nonetheless.