Super-Fast Five-Minute Alkaline Spinach & Lentil Dhal
MY GOODNESS, I love to get dinner done in a flash. And when it’s as fast, delicious, alkaline, and nutrient-dense as this it makes me so happy!
This is my super-fast, Five-Minute Alkaline Spinach & Lentil Dhal – and it’s mouthwateringly good.
It is super-alkaline, antioxidant-rich, and powerfully anti-inflammatory. The ingredients are easy to find, and all very affordable.
And it’s family-friendly and so good for you!
The benefits of this recipe come from:
- Turmeric: beneficial for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and liver-protecting properties.
- Ginger: with anti-inflammatory properties
- Garlic: with immune-system supporting, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, garlic is also anti-viral and helps lower LDL cholesterol
- Tomato: high in the powerful antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Tomatoes are also a fantastic source of vitamin K, potassium, folate, and vitamin C.
- Lentils: with the immune system supporting properties, lentils are full of fiber to support a healthy digestive system and bowel function
- Broccoli: is a cruciferous vegetable and is high in vitamin C, sulforaphane, dietary fiber, and vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). It is also a very good source of folate, potassium, choline, phosphorus, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, iron, and magnesium.
- Spinach: Spinach contains more iron than beef and is a good source of calcium, potassium, vitamins A, C, and E. It is also full of fiber to support healthy digestion and nutrient assimilation
- Coconut Oil: rich in lauric acid which has antiviral properties, can help prevent viruses from attaching to cell membranes. Studies have also indicated that coconut oil may improve blood cholesterol levels by increasing HDL (good) cholesterol while decreasing total cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. The caprylic acid also destroys candida.
- Coriander / Cilantro: a great detoxifier and high in antioxidants and vitamin C; it also contains significant amounts of iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. The volatile oils found in coriander seeds can help reduce inflammation throughout the body.
Phew! So much goodness in one little bowl! Let’s get into it.
Five-Minute Alkaline Spinach & Lentil Dhal
Serves 2-4 (depending on accompaniments)
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1-inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
- 1-inch piece of turmeric, finely chopped
- 5 spring onions/scallions, roughly chopped
- 1/2 head of broccoli, roughly chopped
- 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 x 400g tin of cooked lentils, drained and rinsed
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 1 x 400g tin of coconut cream
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1/2 bunch coriander, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 tbsp curry powder (pref organic)
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
Optional to serve: brown rice, wild rice, or quinoa
- Heat the coconut oil on medium heat in a large pan, and add the garlic, turmeric, and ginger to the pan, stirring for 1 minute
- Next, add the spring onion (scallions), cherry tomatoes, and salt and keep stirring for another 2 minutes.
- Add the tin of coconut cream, and a little extra water (you can adjust the water to your preferred consistency), chickpeas, lentils, spices, and lime juice.
- Now stir in the spinach and simmer for 2 minutes until the spinach is wilted, and then remove from the heat and top with the coriander.
- Serve with rice, quinoa, or simply as a hearty, warming bowl on its own!
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