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Black Lentil Soup

26 Nov

Compared to their traditional counterparts black lentils are tiny spherical black legumes also known as beluga lentils because they look like caviar. Due to their smaller size they cook quicker and make a great side dish, salad addition, or soup. I like this soup because the spices make it a warming dish, great for chilly winter weather.

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Ingredients

1 cup Black Lentils

1-1 inch piece of fresh Ginger, peeled and thinly sliced, plus 2 Tbs minced

3 Tbs Unsalted Butter

1 medium Onion, diced

2 cloves Garlic, minced

1/2 Tsp ground Coriander

1/2 Tsp ground Cumin

1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/4 Tsp Gram Masala

2 quarts Low Sodium Chicken Stock

1 cup Crushed Tomatoes

Salt to taste

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Method

1. In a medium pot cover lentils and sliced ginger with 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat until lentils soften, about 10 minutes.

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2. Drain lentils and set aside, discard sliced ginger.

3. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in the pot. Add onion, garlic, and minced ginger. Cook over medium heat until softened, about 8 minutes.

4. Reduce heat to low and add spices, cook stirring, until fragrant about 4 minutes.

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5. Add stock, tomatoes, and lentils bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until lentils soften further and soup has thickened, about 1 hour. Season with salt portion in to bowls and serve.

 

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Considerations

  • Make this soup vegan buy using vegetable stock and olive oil or coconut oil instead of butter.
  • Top soup with avocado, which adds richness to the final product.
  • Add chopped kale or spinach just before serving.

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Bran Muffins

4 Jun

Bran muffins sound healthy and are seemingly harmless, though many commercially prepared versions are loaded with fat and refined sugar. I found this recipe that did not have too much fat or sugar. It is one of my favorite muffin recipes.

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Ingredients

1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar (could use honey)

1-1/2 cups Crushed Bran Flakes

1 tsp Cinnamon

1-1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour

1-1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1-1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

2 eggs

1-1/2 cups Chilled Applesauce

1/2 cup Non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

(You can also add 1/2 cup unsweetened dried fruit and/or chopped nuts)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400°F, line muffin tins with paper cups, and crush cereal.

2. In a medium mixing bowl add brown sugar, crushed cereal, cinnamon, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and combine.

3. In another mixing bowl combine eggs, chilled applesauce, yogurt, and vanilla.

4. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix until everything is moistened, use as few strokes as possible. (If you are adding fruit or nuts now is the time to add them)

5. Spoon batter in to muffin cups, 2/3 full. Let stand for 10 minutes. This step ensures your muffins will be moist.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

I like to enjoy these with almond or peanut butter spread on top.

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 Muffin

Calories 77

Total Fat 1 gm

Saturated Fat 0.2 gm

Cholesterol 21 mg

Sodium 99 mg

Carbohydrate 17 gm

Fiber 3 gm

Sugar 5 gm

Protein 3 gm

*Nutrition information is for plain muffins that have no additions. Adding fruit or nuts will change the nutritional values.

Tuna Salad

22 May

The look, smell, and taste of mayonnaise has never appealed to me. For this reason I did not eat tuna salad until 3 years ago when I decided to make my own version, sans mayo.

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1 can of tuna packed in water with no added salt
1 Persian cucumber, diced
1 tomato, diced
6 pickled green beans, cut in small pieces
1/2 small avocado, sliced
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup pickled jalapeños
2 cups mixed greens
1 cup Red cabbage, shredded

1. In a medium sized bowl mix tuna with salt and pepper to taste
2. Add cucumber, green beans, tomato, avocado, red onion, jalapeños and combine
3. Put greens and cabbage on a plate or in a bowl and top with tuna mixture
4. Finish with a squeeze of lemon or lime

I like the cucumber for crunch and the tomato for moisture. Compared to traditional celery and mayonnaise.

You may also want to…

  • Add curry powder to the tuna mixture to switch up the flavor profile
  • Use salsa instead of tomato
  • Add sunflower seeds for additional crunch, nutty flavor, and healthy fat

Chocolate Fix

15 May

These cookies are perfect for when you want something chocolaty with out going overboard on fat and sugar. They are quick and easy to make and their nutritional value is better than many store bought brands.

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Yield about 18 cookies

Ingredients
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup oats
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Method
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Put the butter and sugar in a separate bowl and use a wooden spoon to cream them together until light and slightly fluffy; add the vanilla and continue mixing until it’s well combined.
3. Add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar; at this point the batter will become quite firm. Add the oats and mix them in evenly, then add the chocolate chips. You may have to knead the dough by hand at this point to fully integrate the oats and chips.
4. Using a tablespoon, scoop up balls of dough and put them on the prepared cookie sheet about two inches apart. Once you’ve filled the sheet, flatten each ball slightly with the back of a spoon or the flat side of a measuring cup; you may need to moisten the spoon or cup to keep the dough from sticking.
5. Bake the cookies until the top is set and cracked, about 14 minutes. Set on a rack to cool and serve.

Serving                                1 Cookie
Calories                               107
Total fat                               6 gm
Saturated Fat                     3 gm
Sodium                                 33 gm
Total Carbohydrate        12 gm
Dietary Fiber                     0.4 gm
Sugar                                    8 gm
Protein                                1 gm

Recipe has been adapted from one featured in the NY Times