I tried this combination today and it was spectacular! I cooked the lentils following the instructions of soaking 1 cup of lentils in 4 cups of water with 1 tsp. of salt for about one hour. Then I simmered the lentils in the same salted water until tender (about 12-15 minutes).
Following, I rinsed the Mung beans, put them aside, and brought to boil 3 cups of water with 1/2 tsp of salt. While boiling I poured the beans and allowed the water to come back to boil, covered the sauce pan and cooked it until the water was all absorbed. Did the same with the Quinoa, with a 2 to 1 ratio (2 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa).
When all grains cooled, I combined some of each grain in a bowl and added fresh vegetables, namely julienned zucchini, chopped red pepper, celery, Roma tomatoes and shredded carrots.
I prepared a salad dressing with olive oil, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar, a hint of honey and salt and pepper. I mixed it all with the salad dressing and to served I added some millimetre thick beet slices ( to avoid everything else getting red), slivered almonds and shaved Parmesan cheese. It was fabulous! Even my husband that continuously says that he is not a beans and lentils person, enjoyed it very much! Hope you like it as well!
CHICKEN BREAST PLATTER WITH ROASTED & FRESH VEGETABLES
I had some leftover chicken from the previous night, allowing me to prepare my lunch with a healthy serving of warmed roasted chicken together with my much-loved roasted vegetables. This time I added a selection of roasted brussel sprouts, fennel, beets, parsnips, carrots and steamed baby Bok Choy. As always, I like to have a combination of fresh and cooked vegetables, so I added my customary avocado and tomatoes.
In the past I was not a fan of brussels sprouts, but prepared like this (roasted) they are fabulous! I cleaned them, cut the base a little, and divided them in half. I put them in a cookie sheet in a 425 degrees oven for 15 minutes on one side, turned them and put them back for another 15 minutes. I apply the same method to the carrots, beets, parsnips and fennel.
To serve I added a little bit of olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and of course salt and pepper to taste.
LENTILS PLATTER WITH A HINT OF CURRY AND SERVED WITH ROASTED AND FRESH VEGETABLES
Lentils, Lentils, Lentils….. One of my favorite grains, and this time I added some curry to spice it up a little. I cooked 1 cup of lentils with 3 cups of water, added ½ tsp of grape seed oil, a ¼ tsp of salt and ½ tsp of curry powder. Bring it to a boil, lower the heat and let it cook until all water is absorbed, just like you would cook rice. When it was ready I added olive oil and a bit of apple cider vinegar before serving.
As I am now into the habit of roasting any vegetable that comes to mind, I added to the lentils a generous dollop of roasted garlic and complemented the dish with some roasted carrots, beets, parsnip, yellow pepper and eggplant, as well as some steamed baby bok choy, fresh celery and avocado. Needless to say perhaps, but it was delicious! Ah, don’t forget to add the olive oil and vinegar of your choice, together with salt and pepper to taste.
CHICKPEAS SALAD WITH SHREDDED CARROTS AND FETA CHEESE
I often introduce into my diet different grains. One of my favorites is chickpeas, which I regularly add to my vegetable plates. I cook them at home, as I do not like the after taste that the canned variety leaves in your mouth. In this case, I mixed them with shredded carrots and feta cheese, and finished my plate with tomatoes, fennel, cucumbers, roasted red peppers and avocado. The customary extra virgin olive oil and white balsamic or apple cider vinegar finish this dish with lots of flavor!
TIP : When you forget to soak the chickpeas overnight, the shortcut or quick method I use is to place the required quantity of chickpeas in a pot, add water and boil them for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and leave it for two hours. After the two hours, rinse the chickpeas and add fresh water and cook them until done! It would normally take me 45 minutes to an hour to cook the desired amount.
Wanted desperately to have bread, so I decided to just go for the veggies without comprising with cheese or some other protein! This is what I came up with: blanched kale, cucumbers, avocado, celery and shredded carrots! Some slices of my favorite multigrain baguette and I was done! The extra virgin olive oil and vinegar, with salt and pepper added to taste, always add to the flavor!