Winter is a time when the body benefits from foods that warm and nourish. Lentils and pulses give great value for both slow and quick to cook meals.
This is quick and easy to make for dinner, with just a few simple ingredients. Eat slow and feel the nourishment seep into the body leaving you feeling fed and satisfied.
Ideal to serve with pasta, brown rice or chunky warm sourdough bread.
¼ cup olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
Celtic sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, peeled
A few sprigs of oregano, discard stalks
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
1 cup red lentils
2¾ cups quality vegetable stock
1 head broccoli, cut into florets – if you’re lucky enough to have any leaves with your broccoli cut these too
Gently sauté the onion in the olive oil in a medium saucepan over a moderate heat for about 5+ minutes until it starts to turn golden.
Season with a pinch of Celtic sea salt – or Himalayan pink salt – and freshly ground black pepper.
Meanwhile, finely chop the garlic and oregano together – stir through the onions and continue cooking for another couple of minutes.
Stir through the tomatoes, lentils and vegetable stock.
Bring to simmer and cook with the lid on, for 10 minutes.
Add the broccoli florets and cook for another 5-8 minutes, depending on how tender you want your broccoli.
Serve over pasta or brown rice or as is with a chunk warm sourdough bread!
For Your Good Nourishment – Lentils and Broccoli
Lentils are one of the most sustaining natural foods. As an incomplete protein, they’re best eaten with another carbohydrate food such as pasta or brown rice to maximise their protein potential.
A combination of red lentils and broccoli deliver:
* Iron > blood building mineral
* Vitamin A for mucous membrane and skin health – strong durable mucous membranes are like a ‘shield’ that protect the entry of bugs and
* Vitamin C > supports the absorption of iron. It also binds body cells together > contributing intercellular strength, resilience and bounce to life’s challenges! Stored in the adrenal glands, times of stress loadings benefit from extra vitamin C
Both iron and vitamin C support immune system health.
Broccoli is a golden store of:
* More vitamin C (destroyed by heat so don’t be tempted to overcook the broccoli)
* Calcium, phosphorus and magnesium all work together to promote strong bone health
* Magnesium and phosphorus nourish the depths of our nervous system health
So, if you’re going through a period of heightened stress + want to strengthen your immune system = increase your vitamin C intake!
Real food delivers real nourishment for living Life.