Puy Lentils with baby Spinach

Puy lentil and baby Spinach curry – a 5:2 diet day treat

Puy lentils with baby spinach
Puy lentils with baby spinach

I rarely ate Lentils before this diet, it wasn’t that I didn’t like them, it was more that they were foreign and I didn’t really know what to do with them. However, once I had my first opportunity to cook these for a low calorie meal I was hooked. 

I was considering doing a Quinoa Tabbouleh for lunch tomorrow, but this http://www.mydarlinglemonthyme.com/2014/08/warm-puy-lentils-w-spiced-cavolo-nero.html#more recipe from my darling lemon thyme popped into my Twitter feed just as I was about to start the prep for the Tabbouleh, and it won the battle of the belly (ie looks more filling).

Puy Lentils with baby Spinach
Puy Lentils with baby Spinach

I’ve loosely followed the original recipe just using the ingredients I had on hand, and kept it low calorie by simplifying the cooking method an removing the oil. 

Ingredients

1/2 cup dry Puy lentils
600 mls water
Juice of half a lemon
1 green chilli chopped
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 small bunch corriander
1 big handful baby spinach
1 medium tomato
1 spring onion
Salt and pepper to taste

Puy Lentils with baby Spinach
Puy Lentils with baby Spinach

 

Method

Rinse the lentils in fresh water.
Add the water and lentils to the pan, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the Lentils are cooked.
Remove from the heat, add the remaining ingredients and mix. The Spinach will slightly wilt.

 

Puy Lentils with baby Spinach
Puy Lentils with baby Spinach

 

Puy lentils with baby spinach
Puy lentils with baby spinach
Puy Lentils with baby Spinach
Serves 2
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Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
238 calories
42 g
0 g
2 g
19 g
0 g
616 g
234 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
616g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238
Calories from Fat 13
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 234mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates 42g
14%
Dietary Fiber 20g
81%
Sugars 5g
Protein 19g
Vitamin A
337%
Vitamin C
192%
Calcium
23%
Iron
51%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup dry Puy lentils
  2. 600 mls water
  3. Juice of half a lemon
  4. 1 green chilli chopped
  5. 1 tsp cumin powder
  6. 1/2 tsp garam masala
  7. 1 small bunch corriander
  8. 1 big handful baby spinach
  9. 1 medium tomato
  10. 1 spring onion
  11. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse the lentils in fresh water.
  2. Add the water and lentils to the pan, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the Lentils are cooked.
  3. Remove from the heat, add the remaining ingredients and mix. The Spinach will wilt a bit.
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calories
238
fat
2g
protein
19g
carbs
42g
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Adapted from Mt darling lemon thyme
45degrees.co.nz http://www.45degrees.co.nz/

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