Plant-based recipes for a healthy 2018
As we find ourselves moving forward into 2018 I decided that in today’s post I will share a couple of plant-based, easy to make recipes. In keeping with our new year’s resolutions or simply to promote healthier eating and habits, incorporating more plant-based meals into your daily diet will ensure that you are getting the essential nutrients that we derive from plants and while doing so, reducing your intake of other processed foods. These recipes are flavorful and heart-warming as they incorporate spices such as turmeric, paprika, coriander, chilli and cumin. These are easy meals for busy people, because you can throw all the ingredients in a pan and while it cooks you can get on with your to-do list.
TURMERIC, CHICKPEA AND QUINOA CURRY
Ingredients: Serves: 6
1lbs/4-5 medium sized potatoes, halved
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 teaspoons ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon chilli flakes or powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
15oz can of coconut milk
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 cup quinoa
15oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
6oz/1 cup spinach
15oz can of chopped tomatoes
salt and pepper
1. Place the potatoes in a pan of cold water and bring to the boil, cook for about 25 minutes, until you can easily stick a knife through them. Drain well.
2. Place the potatoes in a large pan and add the garlic, turmeric, coriander, chilli, ginger, coconut milk, tomato purée and tomatoes. Bring to the boil, season with salt and pepper, then add the quinoa with a cup of just-boiled water (2 cups together).
3. Reduce the heat to a simmer, place the lid on and allow to cook.
4. Over the next 30 minutes, stir every 5 minutes or so to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom.
5. Halfway through cooking, add the chickpeas. When there are just 5 minutes left, add the spinach and stir it in until it wilts.
6. Once the quinoa has cooked and is fluffy, not crunchy, it’s ready.
SPICY GREEN LENTIL CURRY (DAHL) WITH COCONUT
*Dahl is a traditional Indian dish. Eaten at almost all meals, it is a type of curry that can be eaten as a main or side dish. Dahl is almost always served alongside rice and it is almost a cross between a soup and a stew. Nutritionally speaking this dish is a complete protein which is meat-free.
FOR THE DAHL:
2 cups of dry green lentils
2 x 15oz cans of coconut milk
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
Teaspoon of ground cumin
Teaspoon of curry powder
Teaspoon of cinnamon
Teaspoon of paprika
Teaspoon of chili powder
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
A serving of brown rice
Red pepper flakes
Dollop of coconut yogurt or sour cream
1. Start by putting all of the dahl ingredients into a pan and give it a good stir.
2. Bring to a boil before reducing to simmer over a low temperature, then leave uncovered for 2-3 hours until thick – making sure to stir and add more water if it starts to stick to the bottom of the pan.
3. When your dahl is almost cooked and smells delicious, put your rice on to boil and slice your avocado.
4. Once your dahl is cooked, stir through a little more salt and a splash of water to your taste.
5. Serve with a side of rice, a dollop of coconut yogurt or sour cream, some sliced avocado and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes – enjoy!