Curried French Lentils

Curried French Lentils

Curried French Lentils 

I’ve made this many times and it was dinner last night. So delicious and good for you!

6 cups water
1 cup French Green lentils (I cheat and use canned)
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 small yam or sweet potato, diced (about two cups)
2 cups small cauliflower florets
2 ribs celery, sliced
1 can (14.5-oz.) diced, salt-free tomatoes
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 teaspoons dried green herbs (like a French or Italian blend)
1 teaspoon granulated onion
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
4 cups greens cut into bite-size pieces (like kale, chard, spinach, collards, beet greens)

Directions
In a soup pot on high, bring the water and lentils to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes (a low boil).
Add the onion, yam/sweet potato, cauliflower, celery, tomatoes (including juice), and the four herbs and spices. Cook for 10 minutes at the same heat. Add greens, and cook for 5-10 more minutes (spinach, chard and beet greens won’t take as long to cook as kale or collard greens), until potatoes and greens are tender. Serve as is or over cooked brown rice.

Source: Mona Aumair
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Thai Coconut Curry Lentil Stew

  

This dish will soon be a “do-over” favourite!

Ingredients
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
3 large cloves of garlic
1 medium yellow onion-minced
1 Tbsp. Thai red curry paste (more or less)
1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
1 fresh jalepeno, finely chopped (optional)
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 cup dried lentils (I use split red lentils)
1 14.5 oz. can of garbanzo beans
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 in. cubes
2 -14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes, including juice
2 cups of coconut milk or 1 14 oz. can and add enough water to make 2 cups
1/2 cup minced cilantro
juice from 1 lime

Directions
Heat a large pot over medium heat. Saute garlic, onion, ginger, jalapeno, red pepper, curry paste and salt in coconut oil until onions are soft. Add lentils, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, garbanzo beans and coconut milk. Cover and simmer over medium heat 20 to 30 minutes or until potatoes and lentils are soft. Remove from heat and add lime juice and cilantro. You could garnish this dish with extra cilantro and vegan sour cream.

Source: Mona Aumair
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Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Curried Butternut Squash 

A delicious soup that can be made in no time!
Ingredients:
¼ cup butter
2 cups onion, finely diced
1 ½ tbsp curry powder
1 tsp ground ginger
4 cups chicken (or veggie) broth
2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 apples, peeled cored and diced
1 cup apple juice
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Directions:
Melt butter in large soup pot. Add onions, Curry and Ginger. Cook, covered, over low heat until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.
Add broth, squash and apples, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for about 20–25 minutes, until squash and apples are tender.
Working in batches, purée solids with an immersion blender, blender or food processor.
Return purée to pot. Add apple juice and heat. Season with Sea Salt and Black Pepper.
Garnish with grated apple or cream if desired

Source: Mona Aumair
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Bean and Rice Salad

Bean and Rice Salad 

This is one of my favourite dishes for a work lunch!
Ingredients:
1 cup long grain rice
2 cups water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can white corn chipotle corn, drained (or frozen corn with Chipotle spice sprinkled on it)
1 can red beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
a small bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped very fine (I used half a large bunch)
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Bring 2 cups water to boil in a saucepan. Add 1 cup rice, 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover with a lid and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes, then remove from heat. Do not take the lid off at any time. Let the rice rest for another 15 minutes, with the lid on at all times. I like to spread the rice then on a cookie sheet for about 5 minutes so it can come to room temperature.
Add corn, beans, green pepper, onions, garlic, cilantro, vinegar, oil and cumin to a large mixing bowl. Mix well to combine. Add rice and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Source: Mona Aumair
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