GROUNDED COCONUT LENTIL MASALA

The other night I was craving a warm + grounding stew and out of nowhere, threw together this recipe together that I will be making all season long...it was soo good! Luckily, the ingredients were minimal, so I was able to recall exactly what I did. 

For me, cooking is enjoyable, and creating in the kitchen is nourishing. That said, I lead a full life, so go to recipes, like this one, make things easy. This plant based dinner is hearty and satiating. It includes a secret ingredient that makes it easy to digest and so effortlessly flavorful. It's also very versatile, so the veggies that I used in the recipe are just what I happen to have on hand. However, you could use any vegetables that you like. The main ingredients needed are canned coconut milk, organic canned tomatoes and red lentils, the rest is customizable! 

This recipe can be thrown together in 30 minutes or made in a crockpot and left to slow cook all day for an easy dinner. It's also good enough to use for entertaining + feeding guests throughout the holiday season. I plan to make it for my family's annual holiday party, as the vegetarian option. 

INGREDIENTS (serves 3-5)  

2/3 cup red lentils 

1, 16 oz. can light coconut milk 

1, 16 oz. can organic diced tomatoes 

2 cups organic vegetable broth 

1 tbsp. Magic Masala -- masala is a blend of spices used in Indian cooking that has a multitude of health benefits, one being that it significantly increases digestive health. Read more on Bliss Alchemy about the benefits. Magic Masala by Bliss Alchemy is my favorite masala spice blend for quality & taste. However, you could switch it out for any masala spice blend you already have in your kitchen. OR substitute your favorite curry powder. 

1 large organic parsnip, cut into cubes 

1 medium sweet potato, cut into cubes 

5 cups organic baby spinach (or whatever greens you have on hand) 

METHOD 

In a pot, combine all ingredients except the baby spinach and bring to a boil 

Once the soup begins to boil, cover and bring to a simmer for about 40 minutes or until lentils and veggies are soft. 

Turn off the heat and stir in spinach until it begins to wilt. If you're using a heartier green, such as kale, you may need to keep it on the heat to soften the leaves. 

Option to top with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime 

 

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