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Red Lentil Dal + This Week In Food And Sustainability: 11/7/2015 – 11/14/2015

easy, warm, and cozy red lentil dal // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #soups

easy, warm, and cozy red lentil dal // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #soups

It’s Saturday again. How has your week been?

Mine has gone by in the blink of an eye, and now I am faced with a barely checked off to-do list. Some days I feel like superwoman, and other days I feel like I’ve been hit with a ton of bricks. This week I had to take a step back and remind myself that no one has their shit together all the time. Sometimes you just have to keep pushing and hope that the people you encounter will be able to spare you some empathy.  We don’t have the power to control the curveballs that life throws our way, but we do have the power to react in a way that minimizes stress – whichever way that may be.

I heard about the attacks in Paris and Beirut last night, and I’m keeping the victims and their families in my thoughts. The hardships of my week (and life) pale in comparison to those affected and those who live under regimes and have to live in terror every day. Earlier today I shared my sentiments on the attacks and the refugee crisis- I will refrain from sharing them again here but if you are interested you can find them on Instagram or Facebook.

easy, warm, and cozy red lentil dal // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #soups

easy, warm, and cozy red lentil dal // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #soups

easy, warm, and cozy red lentil dal // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #soups

This week in food and sustainability:

I was hoping to get the first Waste Free Wednesday post to you this week, but since that did not happen (SORRY), I’m throwing in a recipe with today’s food and sustainability news round-up.

The days are getting shorter and colder here in Toronto and I’ve found myself subsisting on lots of warm, starchy goodness: roast potatoes, pasta bakes, toast. I’ve also been eating lots of soup. This red lentil dal is a favourite go-to recipe of mine, as it is a one pot project and I often have all the ingredients in my pantry. It’s a simple and nourishing, and can resemble either a soup or a stew, depending on how much vegetable broth you decide to use. If you like crunchy things on your soup as much as I do, you’ll love the toasted cashews on top!

RED LENTIL DAL
Yields 6-7 cups.

INGREDIENTS

  •  1 1/2 yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 knob ginger (around 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tbsp oil, for cooking
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 cups lentils
  • 5-6 cups vegetable broth – you might want to add more if you prefer a “soupier” version
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cashews

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place the onion, garlic, and ginger in a food processor and pulse until well-blended.
  2. In a soup pot, heat the oil on medium heat and sauté the onion, garlic, and ginger in a soup pot until fragrant. Add the spices, stir, and continue to sauté for another five minutes.
  3. Add the vegetable broth and the lentils. Bring the broth to a boil, cover with a lid, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer until the lentils are tender, around 20 minutes. While the soup simmers, toast the cashews in a pan on low heat. To serve, season the soup to taste and garnish with cashews.

Your edible plant enthusiast,
Gen.

PS. Currently reading… A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

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21 Comments

  1. sue|theviewfromgreatisland
    November 14, 2015

    The world needs a little comforting today, for sure. This soup looks like it could do the trick…

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  2. Rae
    November 15, 2015

    This looks and sounds delicious. I actually have a big bag of red lentils so I will have to definitely try this recipe out.

    Rae of Love from Berlin

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    • genevieve y
      November 19, 2015

      Thank you Rae! Let me know how it goes if you do try it out :) xo

      Reply
  3. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 15, 2015

    The weeks are flying..flying! I could have sworn it was just Sunday….Once Monday and tuesday are over in the week for me, the rest of the week is over and just is one in a minute!
    GM has so many problems right now….I’m so angry with them on so many levels. They need to get their S**t together :P
    And ooo this dal is calling me right now on this chilly morning!

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    • genevieve y
      November 19, 2015

      Oh my gosh, yes, time is going by so fast! Days, weeks, months. 2016 is just around the corner! I’ll definitely be staying warm with this dal ;) xo

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  4. Farrah
    November 15, 2015

    I have lentils that I need to do something with, so this sounds like it fits the bill perfectly! :]

    Lots of things in the world of today’s health (or lack thereof) make me really sad, and childhood obesity is definitely one of them. :[ Thanks for sharing those links!

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    • genevieve y
      November 19, 2015

      Thank you Farrah! Childhood obesity is terrible, but I have hope- especially since you are becoming a doctor! I have a good feeling that you will be inspiring and educating so many people. xo

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  5. Sarah | Well and Full
    November 15, 2015

    I read that article about General Mills / cheerios!! It’s insane! But to be honest, unless people take a greater interest in the foods they eat, they’re just going to be able to be swindled like that. :( Know what you put in your bodies, people!!

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    • genevieve y
      November 19, 2015

      What you say couldn’t be truer! Hope you are doing well and feeling better! xo

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  6. danielle is rooting the sun
    November 15, 2015

    genevieve it’s been such a crazy week for me too – a mountain that often times i fly up the side of, and then other times i step back and think it’s too big (crazy thoughts, crazy thoughts). – – the articles you’ve provided are quite interesting, and drum up some seriously pressing points in our modernity. it’s interesting how they’re reconsidering the ‘natural’ food claim, as i feel there’s a lot of misinformation surrounding that food label. – -with colder temperatures on the way here, i thrive on soup! this dal is so heart-warming, some of my favorite spices. happy week to you, and may we spread our love. xo

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    • genevieve y
      November 19, 2015

      Thank you Danielle! I hope the food labelling issue is resolved and there is more transparency in food labelling so people aren’t misled- you’re right in that there is so much misinformation with regards to labels such as “natural” and “healthy”! xo

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  7. Susannah (Lemon and Coconut)
    November 15, 2015

    Thanks for a lovely post. Yes we must go easy on ourselves and others must cut us some slack when needed as we are not robots but HUMAN in all the forms and experiences that entails. Thanks for the resources you have shared, that’s so so useful. And lovely lentil soup recipe, nutritious and fortifying XX

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  8. Lisa
    November 16, 2015

    definitely gonna make this. I love red lentils! and bravo on your book choice!

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    • genevieve y
      November 20, 2015

      Thank you Lisa! Hope you like it- let me know how it goes if you decide to try it :) xo

      Reply
  9. dixya | food, pleasure, and health
    November 16, 2015

    i feel like im always catching up with my to-do list and its never ending..sometimes i just accept that i dont have my shit together and that it’s okay.. one pot recipes are my favorite too, love the added cashews.

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    • genevieve y
      November 20, 2015

      Thank you Dixya! Yep, that’s how I’ve been feeling for the past two weeks. That pesky to do list just keeps getting longer and longer… and of course, the easiest thing to do is just turn the other way and tell myself I can do it later. OOPS. xo

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  10. Jodi
    November 17, 2015

    Love this, Gen. I don’t think I know anyone that actually has their ‘shit together’ – but those who inspire me the most are the ones who are honest, compassionate and keep smiling day in and day out. Thanks for keeping it real here. I think of you every time I use up all my food scraps now, clearing out the fridge and coming up with creative ways to use up all those bits and bobs is my favorite thing to do! A good dal is just the thing right, it feels the most nourishing. Lovely post and hoping you had a relaxing weekend x

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  11. Evi @ greenevi
    November 17, 2015

    Love this comforting bowl of lentil dal. Your pictures make me wanna grab a spoon and eat it all!

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