Category Archives: Healthy Eating

Quick and Tasty Red Lentils with Spinach

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It’s not always easy to eat healthy, plant-based, nutritarian meals if it means you have to spend lots of time in the kitchen or if the end result is bland and boring.  This recipe makes it easier…it takes 40 mins until it’s on the table and it tastes great!

Now of course if you’re a nutritarian you know that removing oil and salt from your diet may make it hard to enjoy food and it may take a while to get used to so if you find yourself missing a little extra flavour from your meals then try this one.  Adding lemon juice at the end and using herbs and spices enhances the flavour without added salt.

Quick and Tasty Red lentils & Spinach

* 1 large onion, chopped

* 3 cloves of garlic, chopped

* 1 tsp ground cumin

* 1 tsp smoked hot paprika or regular paprika and red pepper flakes to taste

* 1 tsp dried oregano

* ¼ tsp or more black pepper

* 1 cup crushed tomato

* 1 cup red lentils

* 1.5 cups water or vegetable broth

* 1 300g pkg of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove all excess moisture

* juice of half a lemon

Finely chop the onion and water sauté it in a pan. When the onion is translucent and soft, add the garlic and sauté a bit more. Stir in the spices, lentils, tomato and water and let it simmer about 5-10 minutes until the lentils are almost cooked through.

Add the spinach and simmer a little bit more. Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon to boost the flavour without adding salt. Serve this over steamed veggies and with a side of brown rice.

Note:If the mixture appears too dry before the lentils are cooked through add a little water after you add the spinach if the mixture needs it.  Also, if you taste the lentils before you add spinach don’t be alarmed if it tastes a bit bold…it’ll mellow out once you add the spinach.

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 Nutritarian Taco Night

Yes…some things you’ll never be able to make the same and when you do they just don’t taste right.  I have great news though…you can have a taco night and things are pretty good!

I love Mexican food…I love the flavours and when we recently had a Mexican Fiesta at home I didn’t want to be stuck eating  just a salad so I got to work and made my own stuff for nutritarian tacos.  Since I was already making so many different fillings for the meat eaters I didn’t want to have too much more to make so I used Yves Cuisine Mexican flavour ground round.

It was all awesome!

Here are some ideas for you if you’d trying to figure out how to have your own taco night.

Shells – whole wheat tortillas, lettuce leaves, even whole wheat pitas will work or skip the shell and make a taco salad with all the other items below!

Veggies – Tomatoes, lettuce, corn and whatever other things you like in your tacos

Meat – Veggie meat – you can opt for a commercial one if you’re pressed for time or make your own…there are great recipes for lentil or nut based taco meats.  If you make your own you can cut down on sodium even more.

Guacamole – I make mine with avocados, chopped red onion, chopped tomatoes, cumin, lime juice and a dash of chipotle hot sauce…no specific measurements though..just wing it until it tastes rights

Cheese!! – ok, I know there are commercial cheese substitutes however I have a hard time paying so much for something that just doesn’t taste too good to me.  You HAVE to try this nacho cheese recipe.  It is tasty, economical and nut-free! I love it an it shreds up very well.  Take a look at the picture of the “cheese” shreds.

Refried beans – I love this recipe.  So easy and no added fats or oils.  

With all these items you can have a lots of fun eating a similar meal with others if it’s taco night for a group.

  

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– 2 weeks to prepare – reading, getting your mind in the game and preparing for the six week plan

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– tips and tricks for eating out

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