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

 

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Check out these other amazing plant based soul food recipes!

Vegan Green Bean Casserole
Vegan Curry Noodle Soup
Vegan Berry Winter Salad

 

 

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 Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

 Vegan Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

Welcome back Mamas! Today I’m coming to you with a tasty pomegranate salad for Fall!

This Vegan Pomegranate Quinoa Salad is the a fantastic combination between a nourishing, filling, hearty fall meal and a light salad. It’s a perfectly balanced dish, the quinoa is high in protein and fibers, and adds heartiness to the dish.

The sweet potatoes and the amazing cashew dressing add creaminess and so much taste. Finally, the pomegranate, which is rich in antioxidants, adds that wonderful crunch and makes it so colorful and pretty!

  Pomegranate Sweet Potato Salad  
 

  This recipe is one of my favorite because all of the ingredients are seasonal, meaning they are much more tasteful during this time of the year.

As a matter of fact, by eating produce grown close to home, we can reduce our carbon emissions and reconnect with the land.

For instance it’s so easy to grow baby spinach, you can even do it in a pot!

Just make sure you plant them at the end of the summer, just before it gets cold, and harvest them when – well – they’re still babies! It’s been raining quite frequently lately, and I haven’t even watered them since I planted the seeds.

 

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What you will need for this delicious Vegan Pomegranate Quinoa Salad …


Ingredients Required:

Sweet potato

Walnuts

Pomegranate seeds

Vegetable broth

Quinoa

Parsley

Baby spinach

Cashews

Lemon

Maple syrup 

 

Orgain Protein
 

Find more heartwarming recipes below: 

Cranberry Orange Walnut Salad: Vegan and Oil Free!

Veggie Packed Pineapple Tofu Salad

Vegan Harvest Bowl with Turmeric Dressing

Benefits of…

Walnuts

  • Walnuts are amazing for adding good fats to your diet. They also have a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which are a great help against cardiovascular diseases. Studies have shown that eating walnuts can help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in particular, but also lower your cholesterol overall.

Pomegranate seeds

  • Pomegranate has anti-oxidant and anti-viral properties because is said to be a good source of vitamins, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as folic acid. Wonderful to prevent colds and other viruses typical of the fall months.

Cashews

  • A part from being so tasty, cashews are low in sugar and rich in fiber, heart-healthy fats, and plant protein. They’re also a good source of copper, magnesium, and manganese — nutrients important for energy production, brain health, immunity, and bone health.


Pomegranate Sweet Potato Salad

Pomegranate Sweet Potato Salad

Try this delicious vegan pomegranate sweet potato salad to brighten up the fall and winter days!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, healthy recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 492kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Sweet potatoes diced in cubes
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts crushed
  • 1/2 cup Pomegranate seeds add more as you wish!
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa Dry - Rinse before cooking
  • 1 cup Vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp Fresh parsley minced
  • 4-8 handfuls Baby spinach

Dressing

  • 1 cup Cashews soaked overnight
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/2-1 tbsp Maple syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F/200C and line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes into small cubes. Season with just a bit of salt and pepper and bake for 25-30 minutes until fork tender and/or brown to your desired preference.
  • While the sweet potatoes cook, rinse the quinoa in a mesh strainer and add to a small saucepan with 1 cup vegetable broth. Bring the quinoa to a boil and then a light simmer.
  • Removing the seeds from the pomegranate: Begin by rolling the pomegranate on the countertop to make the seed removal much easier. Slice the pomegranate into 4 sections and peel the skin away while scooping the seeds into a small dish. The rolling of the pomegranate helps to release the seeds without too much hassle.
  • Mince the parsley and add all of the dressing ingredients into a small blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, taste test and adjust to your preference.
  • Once the quinoa and sweet potatoes are ready, let cool slightly and then toss gently with all of the ingredients. Drizzle the dressing over and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 1047mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 19210IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 5mg

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