Recipes 2 comments on Lebanese Dish: Mashed Lentils and Rice (Moujadara)

Lebanese Dish: Mashed Lentils and Rice (Moujadara)

I constantly wonder why some dishes we hated as children have now become our favorites. Ever since I read about lentils and how good they are for a healthy and balanced diet, moujadra, a Lebanese dish I’d always dreaded, has become one of my favorites. Moujadara contains lentils and rice. Lentils are great for the health as not only do they promote weight loss, but they’re also great for the heart, cholesterol, digestion and energy (click here to learn more about the benefits of lentils). I always thought this dish was impossible to make, but it turns out it’s quite easy especially with the rise of the blenders. 😉

Mashed Lentils and Rice (Moujadara) Recipe

What you’ll need (for 10 persons):

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  • 3 cups of lentils
  • 2 liters of water
  • 100 g rice
  • 2 to 3 medium white onions, diced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

How to make it:

  1. Wash the lentils and rice with water
  2. In a pan, cook the diced onions with olive oil
  3. In a large saucepan, place the lentils and water and bring to the boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes. When done, crush the lentils with a hand blender, adding a bit of water if necessary
  4. Add the rice to the lentil mix and bring to the boil. Once it has boiled, lower the heat and add the cooked onions. Add salt and stir until the mix has thickened
  5. Place everything in bowls and let cool

 

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Have with fresh onions, pickles, and a nice salad!

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Healthy tips, Recipes, Soup Series 2 comments on The Soup Series: Lentils, Potatoes and Chard

The Soup Series: Lentils, Potatoes and Chard

The cold weather is back. This only means it’s time for soups! I can’t believe I’m writing this with excitement as soup was my utmost nightmare when I was younger. But here I am, drooling over this recipe we made yesterday, only wanting to make it again. All of its components are healthy nutrients as they’re all vegetables (yes, lentils count as vegetables), and needless to say, vegetables have numerous advantages. Including a lot of  vegetables in your diet will help reduce heart diseases, cancer, obesity, and diabetes. They are also high in Vitamins, Potassium, and dietary fiber (source: choosemyplate.gov).

The recipe is really easy and it will keep you warm!

What you’ll need (for 4 persons):

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– 500 g of fresh chard, cutting only the leaves and throwing away the stems

– 1.5 cups of lentils

– 1 small potato, peeled and cut into cubes

– 1.5 liters of water

– Salt and Pepper

– 4 cloves of garlic, crushed

– The juice of 2 lemons

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How to make it:

1) Boil the lentils until tender, but not fully cooked

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2) Add the potatoes and the chard then cook for another 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender

Hint: If you want to make your soup thicker, you can grate a small potato and add it to the mix.

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3) Add the lemon juice and crushed garlic and serve with a fresh load of bread!

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As simple as that 🙂

Fun Things From Around 1 comment on 7 Superfoods To Help You Live Longer

7 Superfoods To Help You Live Longer

Nowadays, people are increasingly going back to basics. They look for organic food, for handmade products or for herbal remedies. I, for one, strongly believe in looking for vitamins in the things nature has to offer us. I found this infographic showing the benefits of 7 superfoods that could help us live a healthier, longer life: Kale, Acai Berries, Coconut oil, Chia seeds, Lentils and Beans, Blueberries, and Maca; each having different benefits and objectives. Take a look!

7 superfoods that help you live longer