Saturday, 29 March 2014

Easy lentil recipes: warm lentil salad

Easy lentil recipes: warm lentil salad or lentil sloppy joes
I love lentils. I love the flavours and how healthy they are, but I don't cook them very often - they intimidate me. If I'm trying out something new, it's crucial that the recipe will be both healthy and easy. That's why I'm excited to share this easy lentil recipe - it met both requirements.  

Welcome to mommyhood: easy lentil recipes

Easy lentil recipes: Warm lentil salad 




Ingredients: 

  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic 
  • 2 chili peppers (seeds removed if you don't want the extra heat)
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery finely chopped
  • 1 cup lentils (green/French lentils)
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes 
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1.5 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • Coconut oil (or whatever else you want to use)
  • Optional: 1/2 kilo (1 lbs) lean ground meat (like chicken or turkey)

Welcome to mommyhood: easy lentil recipes lentil salad



Instructions

1. Heat a skillet with oil on medium heat and get a pot boiling with some lentils based on package instructions. 
2. Brown the mince (if using)
3. Add onion and chili peppers
4. Once the onion is translucent, add the rest of the vegetables and all of the dried herbs and spices
5. Pan fry the veggies for about ten minutes, add the tinned tomatoes and tomato paste
6. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low. Let the liquid cook down for another five to ten minutes, or until all of the vegetables are soft. 

This recipe actually came to be as an experiment in a healthy sloppy joe alternative. We tried it two ways - one as a sloppy joe filling, but I discovered that I don't like to eat bread with dinner, and preferred to have this 'filling' simply on a bed of leafy greens. It was delicious and much lighter than having it on a bun. 

Welcome to mommyhood: easy lentil recipes lentil salad or sloppy joes

So that's it - what's going to be a go to recipe for me and one of my favourite easy lentil recipes!

Be sure to visit my healthy recipes page for more easy, healthy recipes and be sure to stop by my pinterest board for some Pinspiration! 


Today, I'm linking up with Raia at Raia's Recipes and Eva at Whole Food Mom on a Budget for Savoring Saturdays: 




Thank you for reading and happy cooking!
Yuliya