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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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Pizzadilla

12 Sep

When I’m craving Mexican food this is my go to recipe. It is incredibly easy, tasty, and satisfying.

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Ingredients

1 Ezekiel Whole Grain Tortilla

1 oz grated Manchego Cheese

2 oz Chicken Breast Lunch Meat (or your preferred protein)

1 handful of Kale (or another leafy green)

1 medium Tomato, chopped

1/2 small Avocado, chopped

Optional garnish: cilantro and sriracha sauce

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Method

1. Heat tortilla in a pan over medium heat and sprinkle half of the cheese on it.

2. As cheese melts top with meat and greens. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and cover pan with a lid.

3. Once cheese has melted transfer tortilla to a plate and top with tomatoes, avocado, and any additional garnish you choose.

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ENJOY!

Sweet Tooth

13 Aug

Months ago I came across a recipe for Lemon Ginger Crispy Treats. Lately I have been craving sweets and finally made them, with a few modifications.

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Ingredients

1-1/2 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Zest

1/3 cup Candied Ginger, chopped

4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter

3/4 cup Agave Syrup

7 cups Puffed Rice Cereal

8 oz Dark Baking Chocolate

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20130806-145748.jpg1. Zest lemon and chop ginger. Set ginger aside.

20130806-150020.jpg2. Melt butter and add agave syrup, lemon zest, and puffed rice cereal. Mix until cereal is well coated.

20130806-150804.jpg3. Pack cereal mixture in a greased 9 x 13 pan, Because agave syrup is not as sticky as marshmallows you need to really pack the cereal mixture in to the pan. I laid a sheet of parchment paper over cereal mixture and pressed it as tightly as possible. This will ensure your crispy treats stay together and won’t fall apart on you.

20130806-150917.jpg4. Melt chocolate and evenly spread over packed cereal mixture.

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5. Sprinkle chopped ginger over the top and place in the refrigerator to set.

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6. Run a spatula or knife around the edges of pan and cut in to squares.

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