adapted from Alexandra Stafford’s delicious recipe at Food52
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced (I use the fresh stuff in a tube)
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small onion, minced
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp cumin seeds PLUS ½ tsp ground cumin (or 1tsp of either)
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 cup split red lentils (they’re orange prior to cooking, then turn yellow-ish when cooked)
- 1 398ml can full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
- the empty coconut can filled with water
- 1 tsp salt (or use 2 tsp kosher)
- 2 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
[to serve, see below, after step 3]
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, slowly sauté the ginger, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, and turmeric for about 10 minutes, or when all of the onion is softened, and the spices are very fragrant.
- Add the lentils, coconut milk, salt, and the emptied coconut can full of water. Stir together.
- Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, uncovered, until lentils are completely soft, about 20 minutes; stir occasionally. Turn off heat. This will be quite loose, or soupy.
- Add the cilantro and stir gently until incorporated. Check for salt, and adjust, if necessary.
- Ladle on top of hot brown rice, then top with a spoonful of Greek yogurt and a tiny sprinkle of cilantro. You could also use basmati 🙂
- I love this beside, or on top of steamed, chopped fresh spinach.
- Whole wheat naan is great with this.
- 225g mushrooms, chopped or sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- pinch of salt and pepper
- box frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry and chopped again
- 57g feta cheese, crumbled
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
- salt and pepper, to taste
- ½ to 1 tsp fresh or dried herbs of choice (I like za’atar)
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350F, and coat a 9” pie plate with non-stick spray.
Sauté the mushrooms, garlic, and pinch of salt and pepper in a non-stick skillet until mushrooms are soft and all of their moisture has evaporated away, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Spread the spinach across the bottom of the pie plate, then top with the mushrooms, and finally, the feta cheese.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour the egg mixture carefully over the ingredients in the pie pan.
Top with the mozzarella.
Place the pie dish onto a baking sheet, and place in oven. Bake for 45 minutes or so, until top is golden brown.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Carrots, spring onions, purple cabbage.
The completed salad.
Serves: 4 to 8
- 4 ounces dry soba noodles
- 1 small purple cabbage, cut into vertical quarters, core removed
- 4 carrots, peeled or scrubbed
- 1 bunch green onions, roots trimmed, then sliced into thin rounds
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger (fresh in a tube is fine)
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
- handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
- Healthy handful of coarsely chopped peanuts for each serving
- 1 lime, sliced into wedges
- Cook the soba noodles: bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain into a colander and rinse with cold water. Drain well. Put the noodles onto a cutting board (in a mound), and chop into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
- Using a sharp chef’s knive, shred the cabbage; grate the carrots with a grater. You could add a few shredded Brussel’s sprouts or some shredded kale.
- Prepare the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until smooth. If it’s too thick, whisk in very warm water in 1 tablespoon increments until it becomes pourable; don’t add too much!
- In a large serving bowl, combine the cooked soba noodles and the vegetables. Pour dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat.
- Top each serving with peanuts, and squeeze a lime wedge over top.
Rice tastes much better this way, and it’s quicker than simmering it in less water, in a covered pot. We use parboiled brown.
- Fill a medium pot 3/4 full of water.
- Add 1/4 cup of rice per person.
- Bring to a rolling boil.
- Turn heat down till it is boiling gently, then leave lid off and boil for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Drain the excess water — I use a seive — and season with salt, pepper, and butter.
We made this at work today, and it was super quick and easy. Based on Mairlyn Smith’s recipe in her book “Healthy Starts Here!“.
- 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 x 540ml tin of garlic & olive oil diced tomatoes (or just diced tomatoes)
- 1 x 540ml tin of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels (or fresh)
- ¼ cup salsa
- 1 Tbsp hot sauce
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 clove garlic, or use garlic powder
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup thinly sliced green onions (about 5)
- 1 ripe avocado, cut into cubes or slices
- 1 lime, scrubbed well, and cut into wedges
- 40 unsalted whole-grain corn tortilla chips, or 4 fresh corn tortillas
- Bring the broth to a boil in a soup pot.
- Add the undrained tomatoes, black beans, corn, salsa, hot sauce, cumin, and garlic; bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Add cilantro, stir, and remove from heat.
- Ladle the soup into 4 deep soup bowls. Sprinkle each portion with the green onions, avocado, dividing evenly.
- Squeeze a lime wedge or two into each bowl. Crumble 10 tortilla chips into each bowl and stir gently. If using fresh tortillas, just tear into bite-sized pieces and add to each bowl.
I’m a huge fan of J. Kenji López-Alt, and this article is terrific, as usual.
The Food Lab: The Hard Truth About Boiled Eggs
J. Kenji López-Alt is the Managing Culinary Director of Serious Eats, and author of the James Beard Award-nominated column The Food Lab, where he unravels the science of home cooking. A restaurant-trained chef and former Editor at Cook’s Illustrated magazine, he is the author of the New York Times best-selling cookbook The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, available now wherever books are sold.
Easy-peel Hard Boiled Eggs, a la Serious Eats’ J.Kenji Lopez-Alt
You’ll need a large pot and a steamer basket, and some cold eggs.
- Ensure that the eggs are straight out of the fridge; warmer will not work with this method.
- If serving eggs cold, add 1 tray of ice cubes to a large bowl and fill with cold water. Set aside.
- Fill a large pot with 1 inch of water. Place steamer insert inside, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Add eggs to steamer basket, cover, and continue cooking 6 minutes for soft boiled or 12 minute for hard.
- Serve immediately if serving hot.
- If serving cold, immediately place eggs in a bowl of ice water and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes. Putting them in the fridge for a few hours overnight will make them easier to peel. When thoroughly chilled, peel the eggs under cool running water.
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Best on top of yogurt with fruit.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp honey, warmed (added half way through baking)
- Preheat the oven to 300F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
- In large bowl, toss oats with almonds, flour, brown sugar, poppy seeds, and salt.
- Over the stove, or in the microwave melt the butter in the maple syrup. Add it to the oat mixture and stir until thoroughly coated.
- Spread the granola onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the granola in center of oven for 10 minutes.
- Stir the granola, and drizzle the honey over top.
- Bake for 20 minutes longer, stirring once more, until golden and nearly dry.
- Turn off the oven and prop the door open half way; let the granola cool completely in the oven, stirring occasionally.
Can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about three weeks.