Easy Curry Lentil Soup with Kale

A Simple Curry Lentil Soup with Kale

I’m writing this post from the tropics, from Sumatra Indonesia. While I’m sitting beach front eating papayas and mangoes for breakfast the autumn chill is in full force at home. This is my third trip to Indonesia, and I am understandably a big fan of Indonesian food. Sumatrans like their food spicy, and tempeh and tofu are always on the menu, alongside fresh seafood and dark leafy greens. Despite my love affair with South-East Asian cuisine, I do find myself craving for the hearty lentils based soups of home. This soup was a regular before I left home, and will be one of the first things I make once I return. Don’t get me wrong, I am going to savour every last bit of Indonesian food while I can, but sometimes a Curry Lentil Soup with Kale is what your body needs.

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Healthy Chickpea Oil-Free Dip with Sundried Tomatoes

Recipe for Healthy Chickpea Oil-Free Dip - GF Vegan

Hands down, the Middle East is one of my favourite regions in the world to visit. Sleeping on rooftops, shopping the magical bazaars, and sampling the amazing cuisine. Just as you would be served a bread basket here at home, some creamy hummus and fresh made pita is the Middle Eastern way of welcoming you into their restaurant. Their hummus is rich with flavours that we could only hope to replicate. I think this may be partially due to their top quality olive oils that are equally aromatic as they are rich in flavour. So what do I do when when I can’t replicate their delicious hummus – create a ‘chickpea spread’ instead. This Healthy Chickpea Oil-Free Dip with Sundried Tomatoes knows that it will always be overshadowed by its creamy hummus cousin, but coming in second isn’t so bad either.
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Roasted Vegetable Buddha Bowl with Kale Pesto, Lentils and Barley

Recipe for Roasted Vegetable Buddha Bowl with Kale Pesto, Lentils and Barley

Ever thought about what’s in season in March? There is no question that Spring has arrived- the flowers are out in full force and the winter jackets are back in storage. But even though the cherry blossoms are in bloom, not much is being harvested from the veggie gardens at this time of year. Luckily, last years parsnips, carrots and beets have been kept cold in cellars for us all winter so we can still enjoy last seasons bounty while we wait for the new years crop. This Roasted Vegetable Buddha Bowl with Kale Pesto, Lentils and Barley is a great versatile dish, and an easy way to use up excess produce in your fridge.
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Top 10 Non-Dairy Sources of Calcium [Vegan]

What Are Some Non-Dairy Sources of Calcium

We all know that calcium is essential for good bone health. Since our kinder years, it has been drilled into us that calcium comes from cows, and I’m sure we can all recite the 3 recommended servings of dairy per day. The problem with this recommendations is that it doesn’t take into account the fact that dairy, alongside beef, is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions (see Flexitarian – Sustainable Choices). Don’t get me wrong, I love my yogurt and kefir, and I do feel that dairy can have an important role in nutrition. But if you are like me, and struggle to get in your ‘three recommended serves of dairy’, then maybe its time to start looking at other non-dairy sources of calcium to ensure we are meeting the recommended targets for bone health.
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How To Cook Lentils + 5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Lentils

Mixed Bean Winter Warming Soup
Last week I had the pleasure of dining at the notorious Lentils As Anything Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. Since I got wind of this eatery’s concept some 10 years ago, I’d been looking forward to the day I finally got to try it out. It was amazing. The philosophy behind Lentils As Anything is that you pay what you feel the food is worth, and with this you are given the opportunity to contribute towards a world where respect, generosity, trust, equality, freedom and kindness rule. This not-for-profit organization has been successfully working for over 13 years; when diners such as myself can afford to pay the proper price of the meal plus a few dollars more, it allows those that are less fortunate to be able to dine out and be social, regardless of their financial situation. Lentils are in my opinion the superfood of all superfoods. Now let me tell you why lentils should be allowed centre stage at your next meal. I’ve included a simple prep guide on how to cook lentils and my top 5 reasons why you should be eat lentils.
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No Bake 100 Calorie Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Simple Energy Snack Size Peanut Butter Balls

Sounds to good to be true doesn’t it. Peanut butter… no bake… less than 100 calories. We live in a world of convenience, and all too often we choose to reach for the sugar packed granola bars or trans-fat laden potato chips when looking for a quick fix. What if I told you that a healthy and tasty treat may only require 15 minutes of your time? Put ingredients into a bowl and roll into balls, easy right? And in return you will get 3 weeks worth of these healthy and convenient no bake 100 calorie peanut butter energy balls.
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Weeknight Favourite – Tasty Ginger Lentil Stew with Couscous

Ginger Lentil Stew - Weeknight Favourite

During my recent trip to Asia I got the chance to gawk at all the street side food vendors and their spectacular variety of edible insects. My lovely English friend Suzie informed me that scorpion tastes just like scallops – but without the fishy taste. A Brazilian guy chimed in that he had read the UN has been encouraging people to switch to insects as their main protein source, to help fight world hunger.
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Easy Lentil and Bean Winter Soup [Vegan, GF]

Mixed Bean Winter Warming Soup

Legumes are a Dietitians best friend. They are a great source of protein, and are also high in micronutrients iron and zinc which can sometimes be lacking in a plant-based diet. Legumes are also remarkably versatile – pureed black beans with Mexican spices are great for a healthy snack; roasted garbanzo (chickpeas) work well instead of popcorn on movie night; Puy (French) lentils are great on salads (see Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbs and Basil Vinaigrette); and red lentils break apart when cooked making them great for thickening soups (see Curried Squash Soup Recipe, Vegetarian Greek Lentil Soup with Lemon and Feta and Easy Curry Lentil Soup with Kale for some of my favourite red lentil soup recipes). If you haven’t cooked much with legumes before This Easy Lentil and Bean Winter Soup is a simple introduction into cooking with legumes. For legume connoisseurs, I’ve included a few of my favourite variations to this classic soup.
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