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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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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Vegetarian Greek Lentil Soup with Lemon and Feta

Greek Lentil Soup with Feta and Lemon

The internet can be a scary world. There is misinformation galore and pseudoscience being promoted as fact to millions of users everyday. New fad diets and superfoods are reaching consumers at lightning speed and unfortunately there is no filter.
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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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