Monday, June 23, 2014

{recipe} Curried Quinoa and Lentils

This is a wholefood recipe that my family loves to eat (even my toddler loves it). It has a lot of protein - lentils, quinoa, and chicken all are high protein foods. If I'm making it as the main entree, I add the chicken; if I'm making it as a side dish then I usually leave the chicken out. Make sure to use brown lentils, as they stay firmer than other lentil varieties (red, yellow, orange, etc).


{Curried Quinoa and Lentils}
4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Ground Cumin
1 tsp. Curry Powder
1 medium Onion, Chopped
4 Garlic Cloves, Minced
2 large Carrots, Shredded
1 c. Peas, Fresh or Frozen (we usually use frozen unless we have fresh peas from our garden)
2 c. Cooked Lentils (see below for cooking instructions)
1 c. Cooked Quinoa (see below for cooking instructions)
1 tsp. Salt
1 large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Cooked and Shredded (optional)

Heat 2 Tbsp. of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add cumin and curry powder and toast until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft and they start to turn translucent, about 3 minutes. Add carrots, peas, lentils, salt, remaining 2 Tbsp. of oil, quinoa, and chicken. Stir to combine and heat thoroughly.


How To Cook Lentils:
1 cup brown lentils
2 cups water
Yields about 2 cups cooked lentils

(1) Place lentils in a colander or strainer and wash thoroughly under running water. Pick out any shriveled lentils, debris, or rocks. (2) Place lentils and water into a medium saucepan. Bring them to a rapid simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low/low and keep it at a low gentle simmer for the rest of the cooking time. You should see a few bubbles in the water and some movement, but not a hard boil. This way they will plump up without splitting their skins or becoming mushy. (3) Cook anywhere from 20-40 minutes depending on the variety. Add water as necessary to make sure the lentils are just barely covered. Do not add any salt to lentils until after they are done cooking. Lentils are cooked when they are tender and no longer crunchy. Keep cooked lentils in the refrigerator - they will store for about a week. Can add to salads, soups, and other recipes to add healthy nutrition.



How to Cook Quinoa:
1/3 cup quinoa
2/3 cups water
Yields about 1 cup cooked quinoa

(1) Place quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse, rinse, rinse. The more you rinse the better; quinoa can be bitter if not rinsed enough due to a natural coating on the outside of the quinoa called saponin. I rub the quinoa with my fingers and swish it around while rinsing. (2) Place water and quinoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. (3) Turn down heat to medium low and cook covered for about 10 minutes. (4) Uncover and cook for another 5 minutes (5) Remove pan from heat, cover with lid, and let stand covered for another 5 minutes. (6) Remove the lid and fluff with a fork.







27 comments :

  1. I just tried Quinoa the other day, but I am not sure what Lentils are. I might be interested in trying this, though. I thought the Quinoa was ok, but didn't have as much taste as I would have liked.

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  2. This looks super healthy and pretty yummy too. I like the curry/cumin/garlic/chicken ingredients, those I'm sure give it great flavor.

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  3. My grandmother used to make a delicious lentil soup when I was a kid. This looks like a delicious dish.

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  4. I'm happy to learn the secret to getting rid of the slightly bitter taste on the quinoa. This recipe sounds good.

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  5. This looks really tasty i have not had quinoa for many years.

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  6. Yum yum YUM! I love curry and quinoa. Really great directions...I do not know how to cook a lentil.

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  7. i need to try more quinoa, looks yummy!

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  8. I have a bag of quinoa and have yet to make anything with it. This curried quinoa and lentils recipe looks easy enough to make and so delicious!

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  9. Yumm yumm, love lentils and Quinoa, Looks like a great recipe.

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  10. Never tried Quinoa but have heard all good things about it may have to try soon.

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  11. I am always looking for ways to add additional protein to our diet! Great idea!

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  12. Your images look so fresh. I actually just made a quinoa stew for my girls. They loved it.

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  13. That looks very healthy. I have never tried quinoa. Amber N

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  14. This looks so good! I have never tried lentils buy have heard good things

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  15. I love quinoa and lentils too! Yum! One to try!

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  16. I have not tried quinoa but I have been hearing so many good things about it. I really feel like I need to give it a try.

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  17. I love quinoa! I have been using it alot for meals.

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  18. Quinoa is such a versatile grain. Thanks for the recipe.

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  19. Looks & sounds really good. Really enjoy curries.

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  20. I made this tonight and it was fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. This looks so yummy! Quinoa and lentils are two of my favorite things to cook with!

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  22. Awesome! I'm going to have to add this to the recipe books!

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  23. This recipe looks awesome. I cant wait to try it out. I've been looking for healthier options for my family and this looks simple and delicious!

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  24. My husband would love this! He is a big curry fan!

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  25. Katherine SchofieldJuly 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    I've been hesitant to try quinoa but this looks delicious. I'll have to give it a try.

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    1. Qunioa is really good. We usually buy the white variety because it is usually the cheapest; it has a really mild flavor that combines well with lots of other foods. Its also easy to cook and really good for you!

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  26. I love that you're toddler loves it! Its not something we'd normally eat but I'm going to give it a try!
    Brittany

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