Don’t we know it all? The overindulging, the feeling of “too much”, exhaustion due to overactivity, the lack of peace and quietness? Yes, it’s that time of year called Christmas time. And even though it’s the celebration of love, family and friends, it also sometimes brings us on a bit of a wrong track with the result of feeling drained and low energized when the weeks of festivities are finally over.
Well, considering the amount of food, sweets, alcohol and the lack of exercise and time for yourself might explain why. But – it’s a new year and a new start, and there’s no better occasion than that to set some positive intentions, for the year to come and for yourself. Out with the stuff which doesn’t serve you anymore – be it nasty food, bad habits or negative people, and in with the healthy, energetic and positive new. And step by step we’re all gonna feel better again if we look after ourselves better again. Promised <3
To start the New Year on my blog I want to share a super healthy and yummy recipe with you. It’s full of proteins, totally versatile, full of good energy and warmth and will hopefully cause you the same joy and comfort as me after a wonderful yoga class on a cold, windy winter day.
As always I want to encourage you to play with the amounts, check what’s in your fridge, get the mortar out and let’s get started!
What you need….
(serves 4 or 2 lovable bigmouths)
- 1 cups of red lentils (washed)
- 1 big sweet potato (peeled and diced)
- 1 courgette
- 2 carrots
- 1 onion, 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
- Warming spices like cumin seeds, fennel seeds, coreander seeds and fresh chili, finely diced
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, best quality salt, some vegetable broth
- Some fresh parsley
- Vegan parmesan (optional – if you want a great one, check this out)
- Other veg like kale, swiss chard, spinach etc. (optional)
- last but not least some inspiring, heart warming music to give you company (if you like mantras, check those out – they gave me the total bliss ♡☮ ॐ ♡)
What to do….
Start with heating the coconut oil in a pot and sauté onion and garlic gently. Put the spices in a mortar and grind them nicely, add them to the pot. Wash the lentils and add them, top up with water and start letting it simmer. Add the other veg, salt, chili, vegetable broth and add more water. There should be just a bit more than just covered.
Let it slowly absorb and eventually add more water if it gets too thick, but not too much. After 20-25min of simmering on medium heat your wonderful meal is ready. If you have fresh greens, only add them for the last couple of minutes. Decorate with fresh parsley or cilantro and enjoy.
I wish you all a wonderful, blissful, happy and healthy New Year, full of moments of joy and fun, time for yourself to reflect and grow and that whatever low will happen during the year, you’ll go through it, learn from it and surf it like a wave to come out of it even stronger.
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