This delicious lentil dahl is perfect for lazy kitchens. It simply requires heating antioxidant and anti-inflammatory rich spices with lentils and simmering in water for 20 minutes. Easy! Antioxidants mop up free radicals which help reduce signs of ageing in the body.
There are so many wonderful variations of lentil dahl (it’s basically Indian style soup); often with garam masala or curry powder, onion and garlic. This one is even simpler because you won’t need to chop an onion or crush any garlic. Instead I’ve used mustard seeds, nigella and fenugreek seeds to create a warm and fragrant flavour.
I started experimenting with onion and garlic free flavours because I have many clients who can’t tolerate them (they may have onion/garlic sensitivity or they might be following the Fodmap diet for IBS relief).
If you have a slow-cooker, you can look forward to coming home to a warm, welcoming meal after work.
Planning stews or hearty soups like this into your week is so fabulous because you'll have plenty of leftovers for either lunch or dinner the next day (and again the next day!) Simply double the ingredients if you want more servings. It freezes really well too, so I often make a double batch so that I have some healthy options ready to go for busy weeks.
What herbs and spices do you like to use when making a lentil dahl?
A note on measurements of the spices: a little guessing won't go amiss and won't make too much difference if you are slightly out.
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If you listened to my interview with Kaye Adams on BBC Radio Scotland recently you'll have heard me recommending how she should add almond butter to her morning porridge for protein. Here are a few other ways to pimp your porridge and stay fuller for longer.
Swap the sugary, processed and over-priced 'two-minute porridge pots' for your own two-minute porridge pot filled with your favourite toppings. Porridge is nicest on the stove but if you're in a hurry these can be made in two minutes in the microwave and you won't pay a premium for the plastic packaging.
What you'll need:
Here's a few of my favourite ways to pimp my porridge:
How to make porridge
Porridge is just as easily made on the hob the old fashioned way!
Not a fan of porridge? Try making this delicious, protein rich banana bread for breakfast instead.
My favourite banana bread happens to be high protein and grain free. You’ll need a food processor or blender to grind the pecans into a flour-like consistency.
This bread can be toasted if preferred and is delicious with some St. Dalfour or Follain (sugar free) jam or a little coconut butter. It's also delicious on its own for a breakfast on the go! The recipe is adapted from a recipe by author and Nutritional Therapist, Christine Bailey.
What you'll need
How to make high protein banana bread
Meal Planning Tips
Once cooled you can cut it into slices and freeze individual slices for when you need them. Simply defrost in the toaster in a couple of minutes. This will also help prevent eating the entire loaf which is easily done, trust me!! Get my top 15 tips on successful meal planning here.
Let me know if you try it. Would love to hear from you in the comments below.
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Porridge lover? Learn how to Pimp your Porridge
Are you a breakfast lover or a breakfast hater? Find out what I had to say to Kaye Adams on this very topic here
If you're really not a breakfast person find out what to do about it here
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