Tuesday, February 19, 2013

salad: Lentil & Detox.

Since it is my FOUR year blog anniversary tomorrow (WOW!), I thought I would share with you a food update … not knitting related at all!

As part of our juicing adventure, M and I have started experimenting with various salads to enjoy with our lunches and dinners. The first is a recipe I came across recently but have since tweaked to our tastes. Disclosure: I love mushrooms so when I make this, I double them.

Lentil Salad - 3

Lentil Salad or Stir-fry

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped
  • ½ head cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped (can grate them in a food processer as well and place on top to steam when cooking is almost finished)
  • 6-8 white or brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 1C dried green lentils, rinsed
  • 2C vegetable broth
  • 1 bell pepper, any colour, finely chopped

Directions: In a hot skillet, add olive oil, onion and garlic. Sauté until onions are transparent. Add cinnamon and cumin. Mix well. Add zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms and lentils. Reduce heat and sauté gently for 10-15 minutes, being sure not to burn the dry lentils on the bottom of the skillet. Add broth. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to minimal for 15-20 minutes. Once lentils are cooked, add peppers to heat through. Remove from heat and serve over romaine lettuce, spinach, or rice or other whole grain of your choice.

Lentil Salad - 7

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The second salad that I have just started making is a mixture of these two salads, the Detox Salad and the Fall Detox Salad, on Angela’s awesome blog, Oh She Glows. Even if you aren’t vegan, it’s worth checking out – her recipes are awesome!

Detox Salad

detox salad 2 - blog

Ingredients:

* The food processer works best with the grater attachment inserted, if available.

  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • ¼ head of green cabbage, grated
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1 bunch of broccoli (2 heads), finely chopped or coarse chopped in food processer
  • ¼ head of cauliflower, finely chopped or coarse chopped in food processer
  • 2 tsp of Braggs seasoning (or any other seasoning mix with rosemary, thyme and sage; I used a no salt added version) or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice or to taste
  • ¼ C sunflower seeds, raw & unsalted (set aside 1 tbsp)
  • ¼ C sultana raisins
  • ¼ C dried cranberries

Directions: In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Sprinkle the reserved Tbsp of sunflower seeds on top of salad to garnish. Serve.

detox salad - blog

The colour of the grated carrots were so vibrant that I had to share this with you. I hope you enjoy these light, healthful salads as much as we have been.

grated carrots - blog

As a follow-up to the post about juicing, I thought I would share with you that we are still juicing like crazy. We make green smoothies because I can. not. throw. out. all. of. that. fibre. goodness. M has really embraced the smoothies – we both look forward to them with our meals. I have quit Weight Watchers as the juicing has been much more successful for me. I have lost another 5lbs, which means I have lost all of the baby weight! Yahoo! Now, we are actively engaging in eating a cleaner, healthier diet (sadly, that means no more Nibs or Diet Coke). I will share more as we go.

What have you been doing for your health lately? Any foodie websites or blogs you love? Please share!

2 comments:

  1. YUM! That second salad looks especially delicious! My vegan month has been really awesome - even though I was already a vegetarian, I can tell a big difference after going totally vegan.

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    1. I'm excited to hear about the changes and what it's been like to switch to vegan.

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