The recipe I choose to share with you today is from straightupfoods.com. This is an Indian Dal soup, but to me it is more like a hearty stew. It is really good! Not only does it taste good, but it's so good for you. It has red lentils and chickpeas in it, so you get a boat load of protein, and there is kale in it which is one of the superfoods on the planet.
For those of you who are not familiar with kale, you have to try it. It is the dark green, curly leafed vegetable that's usually right next to the romaine lettuce section in the grocery store. The leaves are "heavier" than a lettuce leaf..You just tear the leaf away from the thick stem and cut it up and throw it into soups, stews, or saute it with some onions, garlic and mushrooms. Delicious! This particular recipe is a really easy recipe, just throw everything into a soup pot and let it cook....or put everything in a slow cooker, set it on low and let it cook all day. Dinner's waiting for you when you get home.
So, the recipe for this "stew" is as follows:
INDIAN DAL SOUP
5 cups water
1/2-1 onion, diced
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t cardamom powder
1/2 t chili powder
1 cup red lentils
1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
2 cups diced potatoes, about 2-3 medium potatoes
2 cups kale, cut into 1/4 inch strips
3 T ground sesame seeds
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped finely
Place 1/4 c of water in to a large soup pot and saute the onion for a few minutes. Add the ginger, garlic powder, cumin, nutmeg, cardamom and chili powder and mix well. Add the remaining water, lentils, garbanzos, tomatoes and potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes, until lentils are tender. Just before serving, add the last three ingredients, the kale, ground sesame seeds and basil, and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
So, your menu for today could look like this:
Breakfast: oatmeal with cinnamon and fruit
Lunch: Big garden salad with lots of vegetables and a bowl of soup
Snack: Apple or any other piece of fruit
Dinner: Hearty stew
It's easier than you think to eat healthy....it just takes a little bit of planning. Really, this is not rocket science. The beans take the longest to prepare, (or just use canned beans, they are ready to go but cost a little more), so if they are cooked dinner takes no time at all.
Tomorrow I will give you some ideas for lunch in case you have had enough soup and salads. But remember, green leafy vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They fight off all the toxins we put in our bodies on a daily basis....try to eat green leafy vegetables EVERY DAY...you will be well protected!
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