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Creamy Braised Lentils with Mushrooms and Kalettes

After a huge weekend, actually I should say week of party celebrations. It was nice to get back to healthy eating and to kick off the week with a meatless Monday dish of braised lentils was just the thing I needed. As I become more in tuned with my body and health over the past few years, I honestly do enjoy meat less meals more and more. I cannot say I am a totally converted vegetarian, though I have cautiously reduced my intake on red meat. My digestive system and over all energy has notably changed for the better.

After a huge weekend, actually I should say this week of party celebrations. It was nice to get back to healthy eating and to kick off the week with a meatless Monday dish of braised lentils was just the thing I needed.

As I become more in tuned with my body and health over the past few years, I honestly do enjoy meat free meals more and more. I cannot say I am a totally converted vegetarian, though I have cautiously reduced my intake on red meat. My digestive system has notably changed for the better.

There are so many different "diets" "labels" of lifestyle these days. Apart from ethical reasons I believe you don't need a label to live your life the way you want, you know your own body and what makes you feel good and works for you. If you are eating a high quantity of protein and iron enriched foods from other sources such as lentils, brussels sprouts, other legumes and leafy greens then reducing or cutting out your red meat intake won't hurt you contrary to what we have been lead to believe over the years. Increasing your intake of plant-based foods you are providing your body with not just protein and iron but an array of vitamins and minerals that support a healthy, functioning body.

Whatever your dietary requirements this meal will make your taste buds sing and dance, leave you feeling full yet less sluggish and provide you with the protein your body requires. Enjoy on it's own as a meal or as a side with your meat or fish of choice if you prefer.

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Ingredients

2 tbsp butter

1/2 leek rinsed and sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1.5 cups sliced mushrooms

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 can lentils, drained and rinsed

1 cup vegetable stock

1/2 cup coconut milk or cream

2 cups washed kalettes, stalks removed or small bunch kale leaves stalks removed and roughly chopped

1 red chilli, thinly sliced

salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Heat a large pan on medium to high heat, melt butter
  2. Add garlic, leek and mushrooms and saute for 2 mins until softened
  3. Add white wine cook till the wine has been reduced by half
  4. Add the lentils, stock and coconut milk. Stir and bring to slight boil reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-7mins
  5. Stir through kalettes for 1 minute, season with salt and pepper and top with sliced chilli

 

Hello I’m Caz, founder of Green Leaf Living Australia. I live in the coastal city of the Gold Coast in Queensland. Living a naturally healthy lifestyle has been my focus and passion for many years. Here I share my experiences and knowledge with you, hoping to benefit your life in someway. Whether it be by trying one of the delicious food recipes, learning about herbs and how to use them. Traditional remedies, detoxifying your home and replicating a DIY non- toxic natural product for body and home. Using essentials oils to compliment your life or just listening to some wellness tips that help me live a more mindful and balanced life. Follow along with me as I share my love of all things food, health and wellbeing as I keep things real, honest and simple.

2 comments on “Creamy Braised Lentils with Mushrooms and Kalettes

  1. This looks like such a fancy dish using humble ingredients, it looks great πŸ™‚

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