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POWER UP PORKERS!!!


Last days of Febrarch. Febrapril is just round the corner. Feels like just the time for something warm and filling…comfort food – as the British call it. In most of the cases comfort food would be a dish that contains either potatoes or dough. This is because carbohydrates give us this “comfort” feeling. Great! But they also help us to gain a few extra kgs. As we don’t want that, we have to choose carbohydrates carefully and go only for those that have a low GI. They perfectly go with meat, fish or cheese and we totally avoid those harmful consequences we have to face if we eat potatoes or white flour dishes.
lentils
I found this dish in the Man’s Health magazine and since then it has become a frequent guest on our table. This dish is VERY tasty, nourishing and healthy!
Ingredients:
  • 2 tbdp olive oil
  • 6-8 good pork sausages
  • 1 carrot finely diced
  • 2 sticks celerey
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 250 gr puy lentils (please use the one small and dark green)
  • 150 ml chicken stock
  • 150 ml red wine
  • 1 spring rosemary
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • a can (or more) of chopped tomatoes
Preparation:
 Unless the package says otherwise, soak the lentils in the water for 2 hours or overnight.  
1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the sausages until browned, then remove and set aside
2. Add the rest of the olive oil to the pan. Cook the onion, garlic, carrot and celerey for 5-10 min, until lightly coloured.
3. Return the sausages to the pan along with the stock, wine, rosemary and lentils. (Feel free to sip the wine while cooking – it will inspire you and bring you in a great mood! But not overdo it!! 😉
OK, HERE WATCH OUT IF YOUR LENTILS IS LONG-COOKING OR SLOW COOKING. IF IT IS A LONG COOKING, PLEASE PUT THE SAUSAGES BACK INTO THE PAN LATER  OTHERWISE THEY WILL BE COOKED FOR TOO LONG  AND FALL APART.
4. Add a can of chopped tomatoes.
5.  Bring to boil then simmer for from 40 minutes to 1 hour (it depends on the type of your lentils) until the lentils has softened. check the sausages are well cooked and remove rosemary before serving 😉
LOW GI Complex carb (like lentils) and fiber are key to keeping the blood sugar levels stable, so combining lentils with meat means you wont be craving for a cheesecake later!
Buon Appetito!!
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Lentils soup


Do you hate soups as much as I hate them?” Periphrase of  the famous Russian quote “Do you love countryside as much as I do?”  (Love-hate, countryside – soup).
I used to hate soups. Probably it is due my Soviet childhood. Soups didn’t look well those days: transparent (there wasn’t much to put in), runny, with random pieces of potatoes and carrots, not tasty (Hello, school canteen!). I considered them a waste of time and space in my stomach.

All changed when I started to discover what really delicious, rich of flavours, aromas and character soups are. And was amazed.

One of my favourite soups is a Lentils soup. “Lentils” was a great discovery of mine a couple of years ago. Now it is my frequent guest and a close friend.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome… LENTILS SOUP!

Ingredients:

  •  one cup of red lentils
  • 3 cups of water
  • Chicken stock
  • Chopped tomatoes (1 can)
  • Onion
  • Garlic (1 clove)
  • 1 tb spoon of olive or a grapeseed oil
  • grated parmesan

Spices

  • Turmeric
  • Cumin

Preparation:
1. Rinse the lentils well.

2. Add 3 cups of water in a pan and add a chicken stock cube in there (it must dissolve in the boiling water while cooking).

3. Boil lentils for 15 min.

While the lentils is cooking, prepare the spices.

4) Preheat the pan. Add turmeric and cumin seeds in there and let them “cook” there for a couple of minutes.  The reason for that is that the spices give their aromas, open up when you preheat them in a dry pan Thats how I do it: 

5. Add olive oil and chopped garlic and onion

6. Cook for 2-3 min – the onion has to become golden and soft.

7. Add the spices+ the onion to the lentils.

8. Add a can of chopped tomatoes.

9. Simmer for a few (10-15) minutes. Cool down.

And now..tadaaammm!! the best part! That what makes the soup really interesting and incredibly tasty!!

Blend it with your hand blender!!!

Feel free to add a grated parmesan to your plate!


ENJOY!!! 🙂

What to pay attention to: 

Spices. You will have to experiment with them and find out the combination YOU prefer. E.g. I like a touch of cumin and some people would put a handful of it! Same with turmetic. Try and add more if you think will like it! Experiment!

Added value:

It will take you only 30 min or less to make this soup from scratch! And requires minimum cooking skills. If you want a more nourishing version, add pieces of boiled chicken to the soup and also blend them together with the lentils. It will be great!