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.

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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Vegan Kale and Walnut Pesto Pasta

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The recipe I’m sharing today is one that I’ve had written down for a few years and I finally decided to make it. It’s very green and has such spring vibes about it which I love. Its a great meal idea for those warmer afternoons/evenings when your feeling hungry but don’t want too much too eat. Its super healthy from the kale and peas and the blitzed walnuts provide a creamy flavour.

Walnuts contain the good fats and are a valuable source of omega-3, especially for vegetarians and vegans. Garden peas are a great source of iron which helps to transport oxygen around the body and produce red blood cells. There are so many varieties of kale, here I’ve used curly kale which is most common in supermarkets. Kale is a fantastic source of vitamin C, this is another powerful antioxidants that aids vital functions of the bodies cell’s. Overall, a very nice mixture of vitamins and minerals.

I wasn’t a complete fan of the taste as once its blended the flavour can become much more stronger however it’s something I could get used to. This is a vegan recipe however, you could sprinkle some cheese over the top for more flavour.

Recipe: Vegan kale and walnut pesto pasta (serves 2)

Ingredients

1/4 bag of kale

100g garden peas

200g dried fusilli

28g walnuts

1 garlic clove

Sprinkle of salt

25g oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

Method

  • Put a small pot of water to boil, add the kale and peas cooking for 3-4 minutes. Scoop out the veg draining off any excess water through a colander and reuse the water for the pasta.
  • Cook the pasta according to the packets instructions and set aside once cooked. Saving 1/3 of the liquid
  • In a blender, add the kale, peas, walnuts, garlic, oil and enough liquid so that it blends to a smooth yet creamy consistency.
  • Tip the pesto mixture back into the pot and heat through for at least 5 minutes before adding the pasta. Stir everything together.
  • Serve the pasta between two plates and drizzle a little lemon juice over the top.

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Sweet Potato and Lentil Empanadas

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This recipe is a healthy, delicious vegetarian empanada. I’ve used sweet potato which are quite a versatile ingredient in cooking, I’ve grated it for this recipe to achieve a smooth mashed consistency without it being boiled and loosing all of its nutritional content. I really enjoyed eating these empanadas because the ingredients all compliment each other well and the pastry was smooth with each bite.

Recipe: Sweet potato and lentil empanadas (makes 6)

Ingredients

1 tbsp oil, for frying

1/4 onion, finely diced

1 large sweet potato, grated

65g lentils, cooked

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

Pinch of chilli flakes

Pinch of salt

Sprinkle of thyme

1/2 tsp brown sugar

Splash of water

Use my empanada recipe here <<

Use my kale pesto recipe here <<

Method

  • Prepare all of the ingredients and heat the oil in a frying pan.
  • Once hot and the onion and cover with a lid for 3 minutes on a low heat, this will soften the onions without burning them.
  • Next, mix in the sweet potato along with the spices and add a splash of water so it doesn’t dry out.
  • Cover with the lid again and allow the sweet potato to fully cook for 10-12 minutes.
  • After that, add the lentils and cook for a further 2 minutes and stir.
  • Leave the sweet potato mixture to cool down. In the meantime, preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and lightly oil a baking tray.
  • Roll out the empanada pastry and cut out the pastry using a medium sized bowl.
  • Spoon some of the sweet potato mixture onto the pastry and top with a little of the kale pesto.
  • Fold the other half of the pastry over and crimp the edges using your fingers all the way round.
  • Repeat the above 2 steps until all of the mixture is used up and place each one on the prepared tray. Leftover pastry can be put in the freezer for another time.
  • Bake in the oven for 25 minutes and serve.

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