Carrot Cumin Dip with toasted Flat Bread
3 Lebanese flat breads
4 medium carotts
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon greated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup og natural greek style yogurt
2 tablespoons of fresh chopped coriander
1 tablespoon of pine nuts toasted in oven to serve
Pre heat oven to 180 degree, place flat bread on a large baking tray. Bake for 5minutes or until golden brown and crisp, also place pine nuts on the tray and toast 2-3 minutes. Cool and break into bite size pieces.
Meanwhile, peel and chop carrots, place in a saucepan and cover with water, bring them to the boil and cook until tender. Drain and allow to cool.
In a food processor add carrot, yogurt, cumin, parika and ginger and lemon juice. Process until you have a smooth consistency, stir thru chopped coriander. Serve in a bowl or on a plate with toasted flat bread and top with a little extra yogurt, toasted pine nuts, coriander and a sprinkle of parika.
Summer Red lentil Salad
preparation 15 minutes
3/4 cup of raw red lentials, cook to cooking instuctions on packet. (or use canned lentials for a cheat)
1 small red capsicum
1 small yellow capsicum
1 lebanese cucumber
1 small red onion
1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 bunch mint, chopped
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
zest and juice of 1 lemon
Cook the lentils if using raw option, drain and place in cold water.
Dice all vegetables and place in a bowel.
Add lentils, chopped parsley and mint.
Season with cumin, lemon zest and juice.
Stir and combine.
Serve with your choive of lean cooked protein, my favourite is Lamb rump steaks.
The best part about this supper healthly and colourful meal is it makes for great lunches the next day. And summer BBQ never looked so good.
Lentils are a great source of protein, Lentil protein is about a rich, easy-to-cook food. They form probably the cheapest protein you can buy.
What I love about LENTILS is that they are so easy to cook. They are small and absorbent enough so that, unlike most other ‘pulses’, they don’t need to be soaked. Just throw a handful of lentils in when you are cooking brown rice. Into all your stews too, even meat dishes. Delicious! What could be easier?
Legumes are a group of healthy foods which are high in protein. They include beans, peas … and lentils. At 26% protein they are a rich source for vegetarians. But why should only they enjoy the fun? Lentils are for all!
Lentils come in a rich variety of colours. Yellow to red-orange to green, brown and black. As a general rule, remember that coloured foods are rich in anti-oxidants, so mix and match your lentil protein too. They are rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals, so why not add them to your salads for an extra boost.