I seriously do not know how I went so long without this recipe. The flavor combinations are so tasty and I am always wanting a second plate! This dish is also plant based, low in calories, and very filling!
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Spinach Lentil Curry
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1Yellow Onion (large, chopped)
3Garlic (clove, minced)
1 tbspGinger (peeled and grated)
2 tbspsCurry Powder
1/2 tspSea Salt
1/4 tspRed Pepper Flakes
1/2 cupOrganic Vegetable Broth
1 cup Organic Coconut Milk (from the can)
2 cups Lentils (cooked) (red/ green/ doesn't matter)
1/2 cup Cilantro (optional, roughly chopped)
4 cups Baby Spinach
1 cupJasmine Rice (dry)** (see below)
2 tsps Maple Syrup
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and ginger to the pot, stirring and sautéing for 3 to 5 minutes until the onions begin to soften.
Stir in all of the curry powder, cumin, salt and red pepper flakes and continue to cook for a minute until the spices become fragrant.
Add the lime juice and vegetable stock. Scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan.
Then add the coconut milk, lentils and cilantro and stir to combine.
Wilt in the spinach 2 cups at a time.
Bring the curry to a gentle boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
••Meanwhile, cook your rice according to the instructions on the package. (I like to sprinkle cilantro and lime juice into the rice as well as season with1 tsp of cumin and salt/pepper.)
When the curry has thickened slightly, stir in the maple syrup.
Divide the cooked rice onto plates and top it with the curry.
No Rice- Serve alone or with quinoa, couscous or potatoes instead.
Leftovers - Keep covered in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 2 to 3 months.
Too Thick - If the curry gets too thick, add extra vegetable broth to thin it.
More Flavor- Add extra cilantro and lime.
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