Black Rice and Orange Lentils with Avocado Salsa

Lentils are one of my favorites.  I love making a huge pot and eating it leftover meal after meal.  Lentils get better the next day…well at least I think so.  I’ve never tried the colorful varieties so I was excited when I bought some orange lentils in the bulk section at the health food store.  Buying this was is cheap and very non-committal.  You can get just enough for one meal…I love that. I always find that when I buy in bags I have enough for two meals plus a teeny bit extra and I find that annoying.   Because of this the bulk section is my new favorite place in the health food store. It’s the bargain smart way to buy.  Actually, yesterday was all about bargain shopping for me.  My local store gets delivery of their produce on Tuesday’s so I went to get some of the fresh goodies…well, I got there too early and the delivery hadn’t arrived yet.  But, what I did get was great prices on their existing produce – the organic broccoli was still in good condition and marked down to $.99 (normally $3.99).  Awesome, right?  I thought so!  I also bought a handful of vegan carob chips just to try.  They were good enough that I might commit to buying more to try in a recipe someday.  Watch out for that…

Here’s the vitamin packed meal we had last night…PS, orange lentils cook quite fast…I was surprised.

Black Rice and Orange Lentils with Avocado Salsa

Rice:

1 cup black rice (or brown rice)

1 3/4 cup water

1 clove of garlic chopped

salt to taste

Directions:  Combine ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down heat to low and cover.  Cook for 30 – 40 minutes.

Orange Lentils:

2 cups orange lentils

5 cups water

4 cloves of garlic chopped

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp black pepper

salt to taste

Directions:  Rinse lentils and discard any funny looking ones. 🙂 Add lentils, water, garlic, cumin and pepper to pot.  Don’t salt yet as it will make the lentils tough.  Bring to boil and then turn down heat to low simmer.  Cook approx 20 minutes or until lentils are done.  Then add salt. (I usually like to add onions to my lentils, but I didn’t have any…they were quite good without)

Avocado Salsa:

1 tomato

1/2 avocado

1 Tbsp chia seeds (for good luck and extra nutrients)

2 limes juiced

chopped cilantro

salt

Directions: Dice tomatoes and avocado.  Combine all ingredients.  I usually like to add chopped radish to my salsa, but I didn’t have any.  You need to make this fresh at every meal as it doesn’t keep.  Especially if you use radish.

Serve over a bed of organic spinach… and enjoy!  PS, Lennox loved the lentils too!

A few reasons why this meal is good for you…

Black rice is high in nutritional value and contains 18 amino acids, iron, zinc, copper, carotene, anthocyanin and several important vitamins.

Lentils are high in protein, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B1, and minerals.  Serving with rice makes it a complete protein.

xoxo,

Crystal

 

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Strawberry Lemongrass Smoothie

Yesterday I finally made it to the gym. Yay!  These days I’d choose an hour at the gym over an hour at the day spa (well really I would pick both).  Lennox doesn’t particularly like the day care at the gym and I’m right there with him on that, so I sneak off to the gym when my family is available to hang out with the little dude.  Unfortunately, because I don’t get to go as regularly as I would like, I tend to go a little overboard.  Yesterday was no exception.   In my book there isn’t much that is better than that day after soreness from a good workout…to a point.  So to combat what I felt was a little too much of a good thing I made this smoothie.

Strawberry Lemongrass Smoothie

1 banana

7 strawberries

1 cup coconut milk

1 handful of ice

1 tsp chlorella(high in protein and B12)

1 tsp chia seeds (helps speed recovery)

1/2 tsp to 1 tsp agave nectar (or sweeten as you choose)

4 drops doTERRA lemongrass

Directions: Whizz in blender and thank me later!

As an athlete, lemongrass is one of my favorite essential oils.  Not only does it smell divine (at least I think so), it is awesome in so many ways.  It’s an anti-inflammatory, after exercise it promotes relief of lactic acid build up (great for rubbing on sore muscles), it can increase athletic performance by increasing blood circulation, and it enhances energy.  Lemongrass is a mild diuretic and cleansing to the bladder and kidneys.  It can reduce cholesterol, relieve chronic fatigue symptoms, it stimulates and strengthens the nervous system.  Lemongrass is a great way to wake up the lymphatic system and it invigorates and strengthens the entire body.  Doesn’t is sound like the perfect addition to a morning smoothie?  I thought so too!

Now, be careful though.  Not all essential oils are safe to take internally.  Even most therapeutic grade essential oils clearly state on the bottle – not safe for consumption.  That is why I only use doTERRA’s CPTG (certified pure therapuetic grade) essential oils.  doTERRA’s oil are beyond therapeutic grade, they are beyond organic and 100% safe to take interally for this reason.  They even have a FDA supplement facts label on the bottle.  I get my oils at wholesale prices, if you are interested in finding out more about doTERRA’s fabulous oils message me at veganfamila(at)gmail(dot)com.  I’ll happily send you some to try out in your own recipes.

xoxo,

Crystal