Recipe time! (plus other rambles – you didn’t think I would JUST write a recipe for a post did you?)
Curried Cauliflower Rice and Lentils:
Ingredients (for one big Freya-sized portion):
– 1/4 – 1/3 head of cauliflower
– 2 small shallots (or half an onion)
– 1 garlic clove
– leek (I used a chunk a bit bigger than my index finger…I think)
– cinnamon, mild curry powder (some like it hot), garam masala, tumeric – approx. 1/4-1/2 tsp each, but honestly, I don’t measure! Just go easy on the garam and the curry powder cos you don’t wanna burn yo’self :p
– salt, to taste
– 30g mix of lentils and millet (dry weight)
– lemon juice
1) Start by breaking your cauliflower into chunks, then putting it in a Vincent or a food processor:
Process til it looks like rice!
See? Genius. (I think I saw Ashley do this a few weeks back…? But I remember she said it was bland, which is where the spice came from in my recipe :p)
2) Put your lentils and millet on to cook – throw them in a saucepan together with some water (start by covering them with water, and add more as you go) and cook til tender/soft – normally about 20mins. Make sure all the water gets absorbed.
3) Chop up your onion, leek and garlic and fry with the spices in some non-stick spray/oil, til it’s all softened and fragrant:
Stay on a medium ish heat – you don’t want to burn the spices now do you?
4) Add a splash of lemon juice to the cauliflower rice, and a few more shakes of cinnamon, tumeric and garam:
Add the cooked lentils/millet to the pan (or add the veg to the saucepan – whatever is easier), along with the cauliflower rice, mix mix mix and allow to heat through (if desired), spoon onto a plate, add a few more splashes of lemon juice, and serve!
I had mine with roast parsnip and butternut and I can honestly say – although I put those 2 veggies with everything – that the sweetness from them really did compliment the curry spices. It was FAB!
The chewy millet/lentils really went with the cauliflower 🙂 Happy times!
Sooo….it was the weekend wasn’t it? Hot dang it was WINDY where I was! On my run this morning, I was actually running slower than I would walk at one point, cos the wind was SO strong and I was running right into it! GAH I am not a wind fan. OH no. At least it wasn’t raining (that would have brought my demon alter ego out to play) – in fact it was warm!! Too hot for a hat, but when I took it off, the wind gave me earache 😦 What’s a girl to do!!??
Talking of running – on Sat night, my ever-so kind hearted mammabear gave me a LEG MASSAGE! And you know what? I think it helped!!
This morning (Sunday) I went out on a 6mile run, and I think I actually RAn ran about 95% of it, the most in a loooong time, in the least amount of pain 😀 My muscles ached every now and then, but the shin pain was probably down 50% from last week, and in general was much, much less. I stopped 2-3 times a mile to just stretch, and I didn’t go fast (it took me an hour) but it was lovely to be out 🙂 Until I saw a beautiful Bambi deer, lying dead on the side of the road.
I thought it was a foal at first!! *sadface*. There’s a herd of 25 or so fallow deer that live round our house, so it was real sad to see one had been hit by a car 😦
Anyway – when I finished the run, I walked for 2miles to stretch out and cool off, and then had THE best lunch EVER.
You know I’ve been craving green monsters like a crazy person this week? Well, I finally had a good old classic Epic Green Monster today, for lunch! It was AMAZING.
– 1c. cereal
– 1/2 c. coconut milk
– 1tsp xanthan gum
– a small ripe banana
– a few ripe melon chunks
– 1 tsp cocoa powder
– cinnamon, vanilla, salt
– lots of kale + a cabbage leaf
Oh it was worth every last bit of whatever makes you wait for things. BLISS in a bowl, folks!
Sadly, the oats I made Saturday did not live up to their expectations 😦 I thought I’d do coconut-chocolate oatmeal – sounds good right? No. I used 1.5tsp carob powder, maple syrup, 1tsp coconut oil and coconut milk – as well as the usual oats + water + salt + my normal method – and the bowl ended up looking like this:
Topped with crack cereal and an almond nicked from my mammabear’s museli 😛
LOOKED good, but the chocolate taste was weak, and er…where was the coconut taste!!?? Did I not use enough coconut oil? Bah!
My snack was an old favourite though 🙂
Ever put yogurt on toast? Ever since I saw Allie do this a while back, i’ve been hooked! TRY IT!
Now, you know I mentioned my mum gave me a leg massage t’other evening? Well she also forgoed (forwent? Whatever past tense of ‘to forgo’ is :p) her Sunday morning lie in (til 8am – she’s wild like that) to help me out with a big favour this morning (more on that tomorrow), so as a mahoosive thank you, I baked her a [requested] cherry almond traybake 🙂
ROOKIE mistake, Ms Freya – I didn’t let my cherries dry after I washed them, so they aaaall sunk to the bottom. D’oh!
I spoil her so (& her place of work – they get the bulk of my baked goods). What are baking-mad daughters for though right?
Other than that, it’s been a pretty hon-happening weekend – Chika got her workout x a lot in the form of freaking out at Tig’s absence (she’s a tense bunny atm) and I tried a new variety of squash – co…something, I forget :p – which looked bang on like butternut, but had a weak and wet taste and texture. #fail.
Off to bed I go 🙂
What’s your favourite thing to snack on? I want new snack ideas plez 🙂