Recipe: Pesto Sweet Potato Casserole

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘WINTER COMFORT FOODS‘.

Just in time for holiday celebrations, here is a vegetarian casserole that is sure to please all of your guests! The combo of sweet potato, lentil, and pesto is so yummy it might become your new family holiday tradition.


  • 2 lbs organic sweet potatoes or yams, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup dairy- and nut-free pesto (use previous recipe or try Sunflower brand pesto)
  • 1/4 tsp grey sea salt, pink rock salt, or potassium salt substitute
  • One 15 oz can lentils

1) Put the sweet potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan and add cold water to just cover.

2) Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low.

3) Simmer covered for 20 to 25 minutes, until potatoes are tender.

4) Drain off the cooking water (storing it in a glass jar for a sweet vegetable broth later).

5) Add the pesto, coconut milk, and salt substitute. Mash roughly with potato masher (making a sort of ‘pesto-yam-mash’).

6) Place 2 Tbsp of heated lentils in the bottom of a standard ceramic casserole dish.

7) Top with ‘pesto-yam-mash’ and broil in oven for 10 minutes on the low broil setting to create a crispy browned topping.

Julie Daniluk, RHN: Nutritionist and TV personality, Julie Daniluk is the award-winning, bestselling author of Meals That Heal Inflammation & Slimming Meals That Heal. Her 3rd book, Hot Detox, was on the Canadian Bestseller’s list for 11 weeks in 2017 and is already in its second printing. Julie is finishing her 4th book due for release in September 2021 by Penguin/Random House Canada. Julie hosts Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Over the past 10 years the show has aired in 78 countries and in 11 different languages. Julie has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including The Dr. Oz Show. She is in her 10th season as a resident expert for The Marilyn Denis Show. Check out more information at and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram @juliedaniluk

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