Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Indian spiced lentils with quinoa, kale and swiss chard

I set out last night to make this recipe I got from the Vegetarian Times "Eat to Beat Inflammation" book but, well it didn't turn out that way. I always change recipes to fit my taste or what I have in the cupboard, but this time I didn't have anything. So I guess this dish was Vegetarian Times inspired. Lol

Indian Spiced Lentils with quinoa, kale and swiss chard
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp fenugreek
2 inch piece ginger, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 red onion, sliced
1 cup green lentils, cooked
1 cup quinoa, cooked
1 cup veggie stock
5 cups kale, bite size
2 cups swiss chard, bite size
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin

1. Dry roast the fennel and fenugreek for about 1-2 minutes. Stir constantly to prevent burning. Add the minced garlic and ginger. Pour in 1/4 cup water to prevent sticking. Cook for 2 minutes.
2. Add the onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add a little more water if needed.
3. Stir in the lentils, quinoa, and veggie stock. Cook for 5 minutes then add the kale and swiss chard. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
3. Add the remaining spices and stir until well combine. Add any additional spices to taste.

I served mine with steamed gai lan (Chinese broccoli).

It was so tasty and yummy. And obvs healthy. Duh. Its how I roll. Most of the time that is. 

I started a cleanse today. I am doing it with a friend and then I convinced 3 ladies at work to do it with me. Day 1 has begin. Only 11 more to go. We're doing the Wild Rose cleanse. Its not officially vegan but whatevs. I've never said I was perfect. I just like this one. It promotes a healthy lifestyle and doesn't have any weird chemicals in them. SO far its going good. There was a little complaining from the ladies this morning because they didn't like the smell of the pills and concoction. lol

Today I started my day with a quinoa dish. I cooked the quinoa normally, add a few tbsp's of roasted acorn squash, mashed that in REAL good, then added some hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and cinnamon. It was good! Not amazing. Oh yah, I threw in some frozen mixed berries. I enjoyed it though. For a mid morning snack I had some natural almonds. Not roasted or salted. For lunch I made a big spinach salad with purple cabbage, half a red pepper and juice from a lime with a side of steamed gai lan.

I also roasted up some Brussel sprouts and made a celery radish salad. Which was YUMMY!!!

Celery Radish Salad
3 celery stalks, chopped on an angle
6 radishes, sliced
1/4 red onion, sliced
1 lemon
salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients and eat!

Super easy and quick to make. And did you know that celery has the same sodium balance as your body? Cool little fun fact for yah.

I'm pretty stoked about the cleanse and that I'm doing it with so many ppl. We can all support each other and share food. LOL Mostly the food part though. :)





  1. These lentils look so tasty! I love the spices you used. It is also great that you used kale and swiss chard in the recipe-talk about healthy!

    1. Thank you Laura!! It was super tasty. And so easy. well I found it easy. lol Its allergen free too!