This is a simple crowd pleaser and is perfect to get the family consuming more legumes. Beans are a powerhouse of superior nutrition, and the most nutrient-dense carbohydrate source. They act as an anti-diabetes and weight-loss food because they are digested slowly, having a stabilising effect on blood sugar, which promotes satiety and helps to prevent food cravings. Plus they contain soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol levels (Fuhrman, 2014-2016).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup green lentils (soak them overnight to ensure they cook faster)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 large celery stick
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 cups mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 3Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 ¼ cups vegetable stock
  • 1Tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1Tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano

 

Method:

  1. Cook onion, carrot and celery until the onion is clear
  2. Add sliced mushrooms and diced garlic, cook till soft
  3. Add lentils, tomato paste, diced tomatoes and vegetable stock
  4. Add rosemary, thyme and oregano
  5. Cook for 30-35mins
  6. Serve with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and choice of pasta or zoodles*

 

* I like to use wholemeal or spelt pasta. You can also use zucchini noodles if you would like a lighter option.

xoxo Hollie