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Friday, 15 August 2014

Quick and Easy 5 Vegetable Dhal

As I mentioned in this post, I was sent some Clearspring Quick Cook Grains to try out.  I cooked the Millet, Peas and Lentils pack which contains Millet, Green Split Peas and Red Split Lentils which took only 10 minutes.

These packs of quick cook grains are so handy to have in the pantry for when you want a nutritious meal in next to no time.  Just add herbs or spices and vegetables to the cooked grains and dinner is on the table in around 20 minutes from whine to dine.  I served ours with homemade Naan bread.  This Dhal freezes well too so I have made an extra batch to stash in the freezer for after bubs is born.



Quick and Easy 5 Vegetable Dhal

2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 leeks, finely sliced
2 peppers, diced
2 courgettes, diced
2 carrots, finely sliced or diced
2 sticks celery, finely sliced or diced
4 tsp curry powder
4 tsp turmeric
1 pack cooked Clearspring Quick Cook Millet, Peas and Lentils or 250g cooked lentils

Heat a little oil in a large saucepan.  Add the garlic and vegetables then saute until vegetables have softened.  Stir through the spices and cook until fragrant.  Add in the cooked pulses and 500ml vegetable stock.  Simmer until warmed through and Dhal thickens.  Serve with Naan bread.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Seven Vegetable One Pot

Quick Cook Organic Grains & Pulses

I was sent some Clearspring Quick Cook Organic Grains and Pulses to try.  The combination of cereals, peas and lentils are designed to provide a delicious yet healthy addition to any meal. Steam and hot air are used to precook the grains and reduce cooking time by two thirds whilst retaining the nutritional content.  Each pack takes only 10 minutes to cook.

We are used to eating quite a lot of wholegrains and pulses normally but I have been including even more in our meals since being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes a few weeks ago.  These Clearspring Quick Cook Grains are so handy to have in the pantry and very versatile too.  Whether you are making summer salads, autumn stews or hearty thick soups the Quick Cook mixes are so convenient and tasty.

I used up quite a few vegetables from our fridge in this recipe, a perfect way to ensure you clean out the vegetable drawer before shopping day.  My children loved this hearty yet light dinner, which fed 5 of us generously, and provided two lunches as well.

This is a fab meal which also freezes well, great for stashing in the freezer for those nights when you can't face cooking but want a wholesome dinner.  I've frozen a batch for when bubs is born so I can serve a dinner packed with vegetables and protein with very little effort. 



Seven Vegetable One Pot

1 pack Clearspring Quick Cook Grains and Pulses or 250g cooked lentils/pearl barley
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 leeks, finely sliced
2 courgettes, diced
1 aubergine, diced
2 peppers, diced
2 sticks celery, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
500ml pasta sauce, I used homemade

Saute the vegetables in a little oil until softened.  Add the cooked grains and pulses and pasta sauce.  Simmer for a few minutes then serve.