Lentil Love

img_8312Who likes Indian food? Me! Filling food, with lovely spices.. it smell amazing and it tastes even better. I really like Indian food, also because a lot is already vegan or vegetarian and it’s easy to veganise. This dish has lots of lentils, what means lots of protein! It’s perfect as a post work out meal. Another benefit, as this recipe serves 6, you can easily divide it in smaller meals and freeze them separately. This way you always have a nice nutritious meal ready. Or if you have a lot of people coming over?! Double the recipe, cook a lot of rice and toast some pita breads. I’m sure people will love this. And also, the main ingredient in this dish are lentils and they are super cheap (buy in bulk). You can eat this on its own, with rice or with pita bread. Oh and it’s perfect now it’s getting colder. What a super dish!

img_8314LENTIL LOVE

Serves: 6

-2 cups red lentils
-4 cups water
-1 small onion (chopped)
-2/3 cup chopped tomatoes
-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (ground)
-1 tsp cumin (ground)
-1 tsp coriander (ground)
-1 tsp turmeric (ground)
-1/2 tsp cumin seeds
-1 tsp mustard seeds
-1/2 small red onion (finely chopped)
-1 tbs coconut oil
-1 cup coconut milk
-salt/pepper (to taste)

img_8313-Put the lentils, the small onion, the cayenne pepper, the cumin (ground), the coriander, the turmeric, the chopped tomatoes and the water in a big pan. Let it boil for 2 minutes and then let it simmer for 30 minutes.
-Fry the mustard and the cumin seeds in the coconut oil on a medium heat. Cover the pan with a lid and wait until the mustard seeds are starting to pop.
-Add the onion (finely chopped) and keep stirring it while frying it for about 3-5 minutes.
-Then add this mixture to the lentils and add the coconut milk.
-Add salt/pepper to taste.
-Mix it well and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
-Serve with rice and/or pita bread.

Are you a fan of Indian food? Are you going to make this for yourself or for a big party? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thanks you! X

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Rice over Lentils

13405102_1168776779833090_300747973_oAnother cheat recipe! Always handy after a busy day, when you don’t feel like cooking that day or if you’re working out and you need a quick healthy meal. If you’d eat it with brown rice, this one should be a good one before or after a good sweaty work out. Because of the high protein levels in lentils and the carbs in rice. If you know you’re going to be in a rush, you can even make the rice in advance, so you only have to warm it up. Amy’s Kitchen is a lovely brand, as the vegetables in the soup are organic and there is no sugar or other crap. Not all the soups are vegan btw, so make sure you check the ingredient list before buying. This lentil version is definitely my favourite, but the ‘Rustic Italian Vegetable’ one is also a very nice one. Not sure if that will be nice with rice as I’ve never tried it, but you can also eat only the soup of course and serve some pita bread on the side. Yum!

RICE OVER LENTILS

13405609_1168776756499759_1530811103_oServes: 2-3

1 can of ‘Amy’s Kitchen’ lentil soup
3 cups of rice (cooked)
1/2 avocado (optional)

-Warm the soup. Make sure it doesn’t boil.
-Make the rice as described on the package.
-Cut the avocado.
-Serve together.

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