Sweet Potato and Lentil Curry

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This recipe is great and can be eaten alone, with a side of rice or even homemade bread that can be dipped into the sauce. It is very nourishing and hearty but still great for this time of the year when the weather is cool and you fancy something hot. It’s nice and easy to prepare with minimal preparation. I’m cooking with a great range of vegetables; broccoli, garden peas, sweet potatoes and lentils but you could easily substitute them with your favourite vegetables. I always enjoy cooking with sweet potatoes because they offer such a delicious flavour that really compliments the curry paste used in this recipe. Sweet potatoes are also a great source of fibre which aid in the healthy digestive system, not only that, but cooking sweet potatoes is known to increase their vitamin C content.

Recipe: Sweet potato and lentil curry (serves 1)

Ingredients

1/2 tsp oil

1/3 small onion, finely diced

1/2 tbsp curry paste

Pinch of turmeric

30g lentils, soaked overnight in water

300ml stock

1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes

Handful of broccoli florets

50g garden peas

Method

  • Heat the oil in a pan, once hot, add the onion and cook for a few minutes until soft.
  • Next, mix in the curry paste, turmeric, lentils and stock. Cook for 10 minutes on a low simmer.
  • After that, add the sweet potato and broccoli.
  • Cook for a further 5 minutes before adding the garden peas. Give it a final stir and leave on a low heat for a further 5 minutes and serve.

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*Nutrition information sourced through Google Scholar.

Upgraded French Toast

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So, usually whenever I make french toast I would whisk the egg, soak the bread, fry and drizzle with maple syrup. It never occurred to me to add cinnamon or vanilla extract for an upgrade of flavours. Cinnamon is such a warming, sweet spice and really compliments the taste of French Toast. Cinnamon is not an ingredient I use often but works really well in tea, baking and breakfast foods. Vanilla extract on the other hand is an essential baking ingredient that I use all the time, perfect in cakes, cookies, brownies, biscuits and ice cream. Even though it’s something small, experimenting with new ingredients and trying new foods is a great way to expand the palette and get used to a range of flavours.

Recipe: Upgraded French toast (serves 1)

Ingredients

1 tsp oil, for frying

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 tsp cinnamon

2 slices of bread

Drizzle of maple syrup

Method

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan.
  • In a bowl, crack 2 eggs and whisk together along with the vanilla extract and cinnamon.
  • Cut the bread in half and soak each piece in the egg mixture before adding to the pan.
  • Fry on each side for 3-4 minutes, depending on how golden you want it to be.
  • Take out once fully cooked and drizzle with a little maple syrup. I added a strawberry for decoration.

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Keeping Fit, this year!

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I feel like I’ve been working out consistently for a while now but definitely since the Pandemic started, and I was spending more time at home, I was able to fully prioritise working out every day and I thoroughly enjoy it. As work got a lot busier this year and I had more responsibilities, naturally I was moving around a lot more at work so I ended up reducing my workout down to 10 minutes on a work week day, this suited me perfectly, especially when I was waking up earlier and doing my workout in the mornings instead. Working out in the morning is such a great way to start the day, you instantly feel energised and awake instead of feeling groggy or listening to that inner voice that tells us to lie down a little longer.

Anyway, I’ve been jogging a lot more often and I actually really enjoy it, I don’t think I ever gave it a chance before but it is another habit I picked up from the Pandemic that has actually stayed with me. I don’t jog every week but when I do, it’s such a good feeling and I feel strong and powerful as my body moves. I’m able to push myself further whilst still being somewhat in control of my breathing.

I’ve recently been finding it difficult to workout in this heat, because it is so hot and I feel like the minute I start moving I’m going to start sweating which isn’t always ideal. But keeping a cup of water nearby and opening up the window to let in air has helped.

If anyone is stuck for fitness ideas, I’d suggest going for walks, then speed walks, then gradually build up to a light jog, stopping and starting as you need! It sounds simple because it is (if your body is able to move this way) sometimes you just need to make a start.

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Cauliflower, Lentil and Potato Curry

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Today’s recipe is a great vegetarian recipe that tastes really delicious. I sometimes buy ingredients before I’ve decided what I actually want to make with it, and this was the case with this recipe. I really fancied something filling and nutritious, saw the lentils in the cupboard and started creating a recipe.

You could also add a fillet of fish or chicken pieces instead of the lentils if you don’t want a vegetarian recipe. I ended up adding a fillet of fish at the same time as the cauliflower and potato and it was cooked perfectly, really succulent with lots of flavour.

The ingredients within this curry provide the body with many nutritional benefits, cauliflower is great because it’s low in fat and has a high vitamin C content. Although the white cauliflower is most commonly eaten there is also green, purple and orange varieties each with their own flavours and nutrients. Lentils are fast becoming a favourite of mine, this time I used green lentils which are perfect for adding into curries for an extra boost of plant protein. Lentils are also a good source of B vitamins, which helps to prevent infections in the body and supports energy levels and cell health.

Recipe: Cauliflower, lentil and potato curry (serves 1-2)

Ingredients

1 tsp oil

1 shallot, finely diced

1 tbsp red thai curry paste

1/2 tsp turmeric

35g dried green lentils, soaked overnight

330ml vegetable stock

1/4 cauliflower, chopped

1 small potato, diced

1/2 tsp coconut cream

*serve with a small portion of rice*

Method

  • Add oil to the pan and once hot add the diced shallots, cooking until soft, roughly 3-4 minutes.
  • After that time, mix in the red thai curry paste, turmeric and lentils.
  • Pour over the stock and leave to simmer on a gentle heat for 15 minutes.
  • Then add the cauliflower and potato, adding a little more water if necessary.
  • Simmer for another 15 minutes until the cauliflower and potato is cooked but still slightly tender.

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Look After Yourself!

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I’m a real believer of health is wealth, because it’s so important that we look after ourselves, make time for the things we enjoy and ensure that we are in good health. The main factors we’d think of first are diet, lifestyle, work, relationships, friends and family but it’s also about taking time to be present and enjoy being in the moment. Make sure that you surround yourself with good people, you look forward to your job and you prioritise eating a range of healthy foods that you enjoy 🙂

If you’ve got any aches, pains or simply haven’t been feeling well for a while, book in with your Doctor or see a specialist who might be able to help. I know it may be easier said than done, it’s one thing saying something and another thing to actually go and do it but when it comes to your health, it’s so important to put yourself first.

Something as simple as being mindful can make such a big difference to our lives. When life gets hectic, take a moment to be mindful.

Try this exercise:

  1. Sit alone and set a 5 minute timer
  2. Take 3 deep breaths inhaling and exhaling fully.
  3. Focusing on your breath,
  4. When you loose concentration, bring yourself back to the present moment. Notice how your body feels, the air around you, your stomach moving in and out.

Just a little reminder to take care of yourself ❤️

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