Simple Healing Bowl with Puy Lentils & Fresh Oregano
Updated: Jan 31, 2020
Sometimes the perception of healthy ‘detox’ food can be very salad heavy – but this really isn’t the case! Instead, anything that is contributing a high portion of nutrients and fibre, as well as being free from anything that your body is sensitive to, is going to support detoxification. If there happens to be fresh herbs and spices involved, well then, that’s just bonus points!
Instead, we should begin to look to every meal as an opportunity to detox! Whether you’re craving light raw foods, creamy luxurious meals or even pizza or cake – they can all be made in a way that will energise rather than drain your body.
This dish is particularly great for anyone suffering with inflammatory or hormonal issues. It’s high proportion of greens and fibre will support the liver, while cleansing your digestive tract. The lentils provide a nice amount of fibre rich protein, while the coconut cream will keep your brain sharp until dinner time! Turmeric & ginger are both powerful anti-inflammatory agents, while oregano is a strong anti-microbial. As with most of my recipes, this is free from all the major foods of intolerance: dairy, gluten & soy.
Olive oil, for cooking
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
2 medium zucchini, chopped into chunks
1 bunch spring onions, chopped
250g cooked puy lentils (I used Merchant Gourmet’s)
2-5 garlic cloves, chopped (depending on how much of a garlic fanatic you are! I used 5!)
1 tbsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp fennel
1-2 tbsp tamari
2 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp coconut milk, from a can
Black pepper to taste
Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pan & add your broccoli, spring onion, zucchini, garlic, turmeric, cumin, ginger and fennel. Cook until nicely al dente (soft, but with a bite! – this may require some water to feed the veggies as they cook).
Add your tamari, balsamic & black pepper and cook for a further minute.
Switch off the heat & add in your tahini & coconut milk, stirring into the veggies to warm through.
Serve in a nice bowl, sprinkled with your fresh oregano & more black pepper!