This is my first post since the birth of my baby girl, Darcy, in early May this year. I'll make this a short and easy post to mirror the kind of cooking and vocabulary I am currently favouring. I was lucky enough to have family and in-laws cooking for me in the first few weeks after Darcy was born which was wonderful. Now that we are back to just the three of us, I am focusing on cooking nutritious and healthy food which doesn't require too much time or effort.
Marcus makes a fantastic dahl which we often freeze and turn into soups or side dishes for meat and fish. Dahl, a dish made predominantly from lentils or other pulses, is low in saturated fat (as long as it is not made with ghee) and high in plant protein and fibre. It is also low GI and a good source of B vitamins, iron and zinc. Its very easy and cheap to make and freezes well.
This is a very quick and delicious way to use dahl in a healthy dinner for two:
1 cup of dahl (recipe coming soon)
400 g cooked chickpeas
2 large handfuls of baby spinach
2 salmon fillets
Rub the salmon fillets with salt and pepper and roast in a dish covered with foil in the oven for 20 minutes at 180C. Meanwhile heat the dahl mixed with the chickpeas. Just before serving, stir in the spinach until just wilted. Place the salmon on a bed of yummy dahl and chickpeas and you have a filling dinner full of heart healthy unsaturated fats, protein, low GI carbohydrate and fibre.