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Protein Boost ~ lentil stir fry | VG

Prep time: 20 mins Cooking time: 16mins Serves 2-4

Ingredient: 4 asparagus 30grams of mushroom of your choice (I used Shitake and chantrelle) 3 cups of corals lentils (cooked) 1 zucchini 5 Swiss chard ( I also use the leaf) 1 cup of green peas + 1 cup of spinach Broccoli (optional add as much as you like) 2 cloves of garlic 4 t.s of organic cold-pressed olive oil a pinch of Himalayan salt Coconut Cream Curry powder Flax Seed for the topping

Did you know that we run on energy – it is what fuels us on an everyday basis. We not only use energy but we also create it! Food is one way through which we can create energy – but it also uses energy depending on what we choose to eat. Proteins packed food are known to be a good energy booster –  protein provides a slower but longer-lasting source of energy than carbohydrates. You inevitably have protein in everything you eat – but some way more than others. Lentils – peas – spinach – flax seed are our principal pillars for this protein-rich meal!

Step 1  Add chopped garlic and oil into a high heat pan Wait until the oil gets hot (feel with your hand just above –  no need to touch), add chopped asparagus, broccoli, peas, swiss chard and zucchini. Cover and wait 5-6 mins

Step 2 In a small pot add the half a spoon of oil and 1 1/2 spoon of coconut curry heat up and you’ll see that your powder is being diluting in the oil, add the cooked lentils. Wait about a minute so your lentils start to crisp and add the coconut cream (You want your lentils to be just covered by the cream and not much more than that). We’re leave it aside so the fat in the cream can burn and mix with the curry powder and the lentils.

Step 3 Check your veggies – they should be looking delicious by now add peper and salt as per liking + your flax seed and put aside

Step 4 By then you should have both meals ready Veggie ready look like : you can see through your zucchini and garlic, all leaves of chard and spinach are wet and soft – peas taste just cooked and asparagus are Crisspppyy. Lentils : The powder should have mixed in everything + your mouth water at the idea of eating it (7-9mins)

Serve in a bowl and ENJOY!

Tips: Biggest help in the kitchen is to make proper use of your time – we don’t always have foreever to cook + if you’re eating 3 meals a day freshly prepared we’re talking about big time commitment.

Make use of your time: Chop your veggies one at a time (starting with the ones you think take the longest time) and gradually adding them as you chop to your pan. When you’re waiting for the veggies to heat up – start cleaning your ustensil you’ve use (if you have a small kitchen that’s also a good time to be drying them and putting them back where they belong so you have your space saved for later).

Tag us on @united_foodie (Instagram) With love, Illo

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