Vegan Spiced Red Lentils
Vegan Spiced Red Lentils

Vegan Spiced Red Lentils

Hello wonderful people, and welcome back! Today’s recipe are these Vegan Spiced Red Lentils, with basmati rice!

Lentils are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, they’re rich in fiber, they contain a whopping 9 grams of protein per 1⁄2-cup serving and are so easy on the budget!

I always have them in my pantry, they’re one of the staples of a plant-based diet.

If you don’t know how to cook them, they could turn out to be a little bit boring, and just a tad blad.
So today I’m gonna show you one of my favorite ways to cook lentils. As always everything will be vegan, healthy and extremely delicious.

 

Vegan Spiced Red Lentils

If you ever had lentils and found them to be bland it’s probably because they were cooked in plain old water – not a lot of flavor there – so I like to flavor them at multiple stages in the cooking process.

Here I am adding the lentils, after they’ve soaked for a couple of hours, into the veggies and spices pan.
Moreover, by blending part of the mixture and stirring it back into the pot, I make it more creamy and even more flavorful. A step that you can totally skip if you don’t have a blender, but that will make your lentils extra creamy and flavorful.

Something else I like doing when cooking lentils, is to rinse them under cold water before soaking or cooking them. There can occasionally be small stones or debris mixed in with lentils, so it’s a good idea to wash them in a colander first. Also, I try to grab the freshest lentils I can find at the store, they don’t really “go bad” as other foods, but don’t taste as good if they’ve been sitting in a store for too long.

 

Vegan Spiced Red Lentils

What you will need to make these delicious vegan spiced red lentils:

 

Ingredients Required:

Onion

Garlic

Ginger

Turmeric

Cumin

Japaleno Pepper

Red Lentils

Tomatoes

Kale

Basmati Rice

 

Orgain Protein
 

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Benefits of…

 

Red Lentils

  • All types of lentils are such good food to add to your vegan diet. They are rich in fiber, a great source of protein and low in calories. Plus, they are a great way to add more iron and folate into your diet.

Turmeric

  • This spice and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.

Ginger

  • This spice is a favorite in a lot of cultures. Consuming ginger is a great way to protect your body from viruses and inflammatory diseases. It has lots of good benefits to your body, like balancing your blood sugar and cholesterol levels, it also helps with nausea, vomiting and digestion.

 

Vegan Spiced Red Lentils

Vegan Spiced Red Lentils

These delicous vegan spiced red lentils have a touch of chili flavor that will get you hooked, quick!
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Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: Oil Free, vegan, whole food plant based
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 382kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic diced
  • 1- inch ginger peeled and grated
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 jalapeno pepper omit if you wish, seeds removed and diced small
  • 1 cup dry red lentils soaked for 2 hours and rinsed
  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale roughly chopped

To serve

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Hemp Hearts

Instructions

  • Cook the basmati rice according to package instructions.
  • In a large stock pot, add ¼ cup water and diced onion. Sauté for 3-5 minutes and then add in the garlic, ginger, jalapeño, turmeric and cumin powder. Heat until nice and fragrant. Add water as needed.
  • Stir in the soaked/rinsed red lentils, 1 can whole tomatoes, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30-35 minutes (until the lentils are tender). Blend half of the mixture with an immersion blender or in a blender (carefully). Pour back into the stock pot and stir in the kale. Cover and allow the kale to wilt into the lentils. Serve over basmati rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 922mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 6mg

 

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Vegan Spiced Red Lentils
Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup

Welcome back to my blog Mamas! Cold weather calls for yet another creamy vegan oh-so-amazing soup! This one with cauliflower will help you get all those greens in, without even noticing.

Even if it doesn’t seem possible, it’s getting cold here in Italy. And I’m always craving some comfort food, the creaminess and warmth of some good old soup will do the trick and it’s amazing, especially if you don’t follow a plant-based diet,

This Cauliflower Soup is a great way to get a good amount of fiber and vitamins that are required in a well-balanced diet. But apart from that, is so yummy and full of flavor that you won’t even realize you are eating veggies!

Sauté – Simmer – Blend – Serve!

Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup

I’m always looking for that one recipe that I can always fall on when I want to make something special but easy and nourishing. Everyone needs that one recipe in their back pocket for specific occasions, this soup is perfect for when you are looking for something packed with flavor and super healthy.

The base for this comforting bowl of soup starts with the amazing veggie that is cauliflower, which it’s amazing on its own. However the other ingredients really bring the flavor in. We have garlic, which apart from having great health properties, makes this soup soo yummy. The cashew and the onion give it those earthy notes that immediately make it comfort food, but healthy,

Something that I also try to do is making my own veggie broth. It’s a good use of vegetable scraps leftover from the week and it’s much more flavorful than store-bought. It’s really easy to make a good one, just add all the vegetables in a big pot of water, add salt and a little bit of pepper and let it simmer for about one hour.

My little secret to make the perfect batch of veggie broth is roasting 2 halves of an onion for a couple of minutes, and add it to the veggies for the broth!

Enjoy this bowl of creaminess and let me know how it turns out if you try it!

Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup

What you will need to make this Delicious Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup:

Ingredients Required:

Cauliflower

Onion

Celery

Garlic

Cashews

Vegetable broth

Apple cider vinegar

Croutons

Seeds

Chili flakes

Fresh herbs

Balsamic glaze

 

Orgain Protein
 

Check out these other amazing fall inspired soup recipes!

Creamy Vegan Carrot Apple Soup

Vegan Chicken-Less Noodle Soup

Butternut Squash & Thyme Soup

 

 

Benefits of…

Cauliflower

  • This veggie has many great nutrients. It is high in fiber, which encourages healthy gut microbiota, which is really important in order to maintain a healthy gut, which many believes is the key to a healthy body. Cauliflower is also high in choline, a nutrient needed by our body to guarantee the correct function of our brain and nervous system, to regulate memory, mood, muscle control, and other functions.

Onion

  • Packed With Nutrients. Onions are nutrient-dense, meaning they’re low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. They were historically used as a preventative medicine during epidemics of cholera and the plague. They were apparently eaten by Roman emperor Nero as a cure for colds, and its reputation has made onions a popular component in the diets of many countries.

Celery

  • This veggie has received a lot of attention as a ‘superfood,’ with supporters claiming that celery juice helps combat a range of ailments, including inflammation, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. In fact, celery Celery is rich in vitamins and minerals with a low glycemic index. You’ll enjoy vitamins A, K, and C, plus minerals like potassium and folate when you eat celery. It’s also low in sodium. Plus, it’s low on the glycemic index, meaning it has a slow, steady effect on your blood sugar.
Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup

This delicious vegan creamy cauliflower soup can be paired beautifully with other holiday dishes are enjoyed on its own!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy vegan soup, dairy free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 148kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower broken into florets
  • 1 white onion peeled, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic whole, peeled
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Soup Toppings

  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Croutons
  • Seeds
  • Chilli flakes
  • Fresh herbs
  • Balsamic glaze

Instructions

  • Heat a medium non-stick frying pan. Add onions, garlic, celery and 1-2 tbsp of water. Saute these veggies on high heat for 2-3 minutes or until onions become translucent.
  • Transfer sauteed veggies into a large pot. Add cauliflower florets, cashews and vegetable broth. Bring the contents to boil, then turn the heat down to medium and let your soup simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until cauliflower is nice and soft.
  • Transfer your soup into a blender (or use an impact blender), add apple cider vinegar and blitz for 2-3 minutes, making sure the mixture is nice and smooth. Top with your preferred toppings and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 752mg | Potassium: 576mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg

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