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A dahl of sorts: spiced lentils, chick peas and spinach

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At the turn of the year I decided to eat only plant-based foods for two weeks. Not quite veganuary, so I’m not going to shout too loudly about it, but one thing I will say is that I feel better than I have in a long time. I have more energy, I am so much more conscious of what foods I am putting in my body and I feel cleaner (believe me, I know how odd that sounds, but it’s true).

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My new found dependence on plants means I’ve spent a lot more time thinking about plant-based recipes. Since it’s freezing in Scotland at the moment, there’s been a big emphasis on warm, filling meals to help battle the cold and keep my appetite satisfied for as long as possible. One particular meal that I keep coming back to is my spiced lentils with chick peas and spinach. A sort of cheat’s dahl, it’s quick, easy and delicious. It also freezes really well so I tend to make a huge batch so that there’s a load in the freezer for quick and easy post-work meals. Here’s what you need:

  • 2 tsps of coconut oil
  • 1 red chilli
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1.5 tbsps of garam masala
  • 1.5 tbsps of ground cumin
  • 1tsp of turmeric
  • A thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
  • 1.2 litres of vegan vegetable stock
  • 550g of red lentils
  • 1x 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 175g of spinach

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan before adding the diced onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Saute until the onions have softened.

2. Add the spices to the saucepan, stirring constantly so that they don’t stick to the bottom. Once the spices have coated all of the vegetables, pour in the lentils, stock and chickpeas. Stir well and bring to the boil. Now reduce the heat and leave the pot to simmer for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. After 20 minutes, the lentils should be cooked through. Now stir through the fresh spinach, which will wilt naturally with the heat of the rest of the dish.

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It’s that simple. 20 minutes to a heartwarming stew that’s healthy, nutritious and vegan. I could eat this dish every night of the week.

I’m looking for more vegan main dishes to try, so please send any suggestions you have my way – I look forward to seeing them!

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  • http://www.eatreadglam.com Rosie | eatreadglam

    This looks so delicious, I’m going to try this out. Last week I tried vegan macaroni cheese – it doesn’t use any of that nasty fake cheese either. It did actually taste quite cheesey, which I wasn’t really expecting it to. The only issue I had was that the cashew nuts didn’t entirely liquidise with everything else in the blender, so it might be worth blending the cashew nuts on their own first, and then add everything else in to get a smoother sauce. If you want to try it, here’s the recipe I used – http://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-green-chili-mac-n-cheese/

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks for the recipe link Rosie. Mac and cheese is one of my favourites so knowing I can make it vegan style is great. And thanks for the heads up on blending the cashew nuts :-)

  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/ bevchen

    It looks delicious! I do like chickpeas. I tend to use them for sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I love a sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry, it’s so delicious and good for you too. X

  • http://twoward.com vivian

    Wow this looks super delicious and quite easy to make I guess! Thanks for sharing :) xo Vivian

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Vivian. You’re right it is super easy to make, one of the many reasons I love this dish :-)

  • http://theleeday.com/ annie lee

    mMmmm.. looks really delicious. the color makes it even more mouthwatering!


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much, Annie!x

  • http://www.themidnightblog.com/ Charlotte

    It looks delicious and warming, perfect for the winter! I’ve also been feeling much better since I switched to only plant-based food. :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It makes such a difference to how you feel, doesn’t it? I’m definitely going to try to implement more of a plant-based philosophy to my life overall x

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    It looks delicious. I know what you mean about feeling cleaner :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Anca!x

  • http://harrietemily.com Harriet Emily

    I love making dahl at home! It’s one of my favourite foods. This recipe looks beautiful Chiara, and the flavours sound so delicious. I can’t wait to try it!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Snap, it’s one of my favourite foods too! If you try it I hope you enjoy it :-)

  • http://www.mintnotion.com/ Eden Mint

    This looks delicious and a great dish for chilly evenings. I love using red lentils to add protein to my meals.


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It’s such a great may to get protein in, isn’t it? And in a super healthy way :-)

  • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

    Thanks Christina. I’ve had this dish twice this week already, I just love how good for you it is :-)

  • sileas

    I totally believe that you’re feeling better! After all the healthy and yummy food, love the detox idea!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Sileas! I do like a detox from time to time, it definitely makes me feel a lot better!x