Curry lunch

After two days of nothing but turkey and the gastrointestinal nightmares that came with it, I had enough of the bird. When my hubby announced he had to go to work, I schemed and planed…and started mentally cooking.

I had never tried these two recipes, so I wasn’t sure if they would work. And now, after cooking them, I’m still not sure mostly because I changed the recipes. I substituted the cream for almond milk and added mushrooms to the aloo peas and potatoes. Still, by the time I was finished, I was starving and I ate a full plate of the stuff with delight.

This one was the Dal Tadka…or my attempt at it.

This one was my attempt at aloo peas and potatoes.

This is just basmati rice. Even I can’t mess that up.

This was lunch. Sooo good!

Well, I should include the sites where I got these recipes and ask, if you do try them, to let me know what you think. So, here we go.

This one is the Tadka Dal. It’s a curry dish with lentils and, since I love lentils, I was super excited about it.

Dal Tadka Recipe Step By Step Instructions

I should add that mine looked almost nothing like this one. But I’m sure that was because of me and not the recipe. Still, I really liked my creation.

And this one is the aloo peas and potatoes. It’s a video, which I found incredibly helpful.

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That’s what it’s supposed to look like and…well, mine didn’t look at all like that. But I still thought it was super yummy…

If you do give them a try, let me know how they work for you! And if you know of other curry, vegan dishes that work well for those who aren’t too adept in the kitchen, pass them this way!

Where I’m cooking like a witch

My recipe doesn’t call for eyes of newt or tongues of frogs, though, but it does involve the biggest pot we have. It’s super simple and easy (the way I like) and yields the best results ever.

I’m talking about refried beans. I love refried beans. But I’ve never really known what true refried beans tasted like until I made them at home. And the recipe is super easy!Image result for pinto beans

Add a bit of rice and some veggies, and you’ve got yourself a dish fit for a king…or queen.

Wanna try it? Here’s is where I got the recipe.

The best part is how cheap this is and how much it produces. They freeze really well and are incredibly nutritious.

Let me know if you give it a try! 😀

 

Supper last night

This was supper last night.

If you want the entire recipe, it’s here. Now, I did substitute spinach for the kale and I added mushrooms but the rest of the recipe, I followed to the letter.

Dinner and flowers

This was dinner today.

It was a veggie curry dish that was pretty yummy.

And this is what my plant is doing at home.

Isn’t it pretty? Dinner and flowers…ah…

Oh, I got the dinner recipe from Oh She Glows…just in case you’re curious.

Tip of the day

When you’re cooking a wonderful, super-healthy chickpea salad, check to make sure the vegan mayo is not… past its due date.

Looks wonderful, doesn’t it? My stomach told me it wasn’t not long after I finished eating it.

Zucchini soup to die for

I’ve never tried Zucchini soup before. Not that I don’t like zucchini but I have never really given it much thought. It was green, funny looking and just another veggie.

My sister gave me the link for this recipe and she insisted this one was awesome. Since it was vegan, I thought I’d give it a shot. Boy, am I glad I did. I could live on this stuff. It’s that good.

The recipe is super easy (the way I like recipes) and from the Website Eating Made Easy. If you’re into soup or like to try something both healthy and easy to make, give this one a shot. Man alive, this stuff is good.

Pictures do not give it justice.

It honestly tastes like a restaurant soup that some amazing chef put together. And I just made it. Me! It boggles the mind.

 

More healthy cooking

The last healthy recipe was such a success, I thought I’d share two that I’m loving right now and are super easy. One is a lentil stew and it’s actually so delicious I keep eating it over and over. More to the point, my suspicious hubby tried it and absolutely loved it.

Aaaannndddd…it’s super easy to make. Only 3 steps!

There’s no link for this one. I got the recipe from my European ancestors, so if you try it, you’re tasting European goodness.

Lentil Stew

Ingredients:

2 carrots (cleaned and peeled)

1 large onion (peeled and diced)

2 bay leaves (Don’t skip this one. It’s magically important)

2 cups of green lentils

6-9 cups of water (you can change this for your favourite broth and it’ll work even better)

1 tablespoon of garlic (Don’t be shy with this one either)

salt and pepper to taste

 

Steps:

1. In a large pot add the onion, carrots, lentils, garlic, bay leaves and broth (basically everything but the salt and pepper).

2. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 40 – 50 minutes or until the lentils are soft.

3. Check it during the process and give it a loving stir. If it looks like it’s sticking, add more water or broth. Add salt and pepper in there some time.

That’s it! When it’s done, it’ll look something like this.

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It might not look it, but it’s super yummy and awesome for you. Lentils are a superfood. They’re great sources of iron, protein and fibre!

Super Yummy Smoothie

This one is another of my favourites that I just keep eating. It’s basically a fruit smoothie. Sooo good. You can do all sorts of things with the results, like freeze it and have it for kids as super healthy ice cream, or just as a refreshing snack. I love it and love even more all the vitamins I know I’m getting with this one.

Ingredients:

3 oranges (I love these, that’s why I add so many)

1 ripe pear (my favourites are D’Anjou pears but any will do)

1 apple (I use MacIntosh but any will work)

4 spoons of frozen strawberries (super good…so add a couple more!)

3 spoons of frozen blueberries (berries are another super food, so feel free to add more)

 

Steps:

1. Cut up and peel all the fruits

This is just the start with the fruits all in the blender

This is just the start with the fruits all in the blender

2. Add the oranges first (it makes it easier on the blender). Then the rest of the fruits. If you find they don’t fit (like mine didn’t) then blend away to make room.

 

After blending to make room

After blending to make room

In go the frozen strawberries

In go the frozen strawberries. And I didn’t add a picture but don’t forget the blueberries

This is the final product...so good!

This is the final product…so good!

3. Enjoy!

If you try these, give me a shout and let me know how they worked out for you!