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Quarantine Cuisine |Healthy

With the constant battle of Covid-19, the importance of a healthy diet has become a priority for many people. Strengthening our immune system through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and mental health care is the most effective approach.


As schools have returned to online learning, we understand that a lot of working parents are having to leave their older children at home unattended throughout the day. Some of these children are just looking after themselves, while others also have the added responsibility of taking care of their siblings. Without parents overseeing their food habits, home deliveries from local fast-food chains or restaurants provide and easy way out. However, the food that so conveniently arrives at our doorsteps, lacks the nutrients our bodies need to effectively fight diseases that may come our way and attack our immune system.


Especially considering the craziness of last three years with the unstoppable spread of the virus in addition to other illnesses, eating a healthy and balanced diet should be high on everyone’s priorities list. Therefore, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give you two of our personal favourite quarantine cuisine choices. Both are quick and simple, but nutritious and healthy. We would love to see you all attempt to make this week!


Lemony Red Lentil Soup (Serves 4, 25 min)

All the goodness in one simple dish! Red lentils are high in protein, dietary fiber, iron and potassium. Coconut milk contains heart-healthy fats which help boost our immunity.


Ingredients


o 400g red lentils


o 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)


o 4 potatoes (cut into small cubes)


o 1 large (or 2 small) onion/s (finely chopped)


o 2 pinches of salt or to taste


o 2 pinches of black pepper or to taste


o 20 ml lemon juice or to taste


o 2 teaspoon lemon zest


o 4 tablespoon oil


o 400 ml coconut milk


o 1 litre vegetable stock


Method


1. Rinse and soak the red lentils for an hour.

2. Lightly brown the finely chopped onion and garlic in the oil.

3. Add in the vegetable stock, coconut milk, red lentils, potato cubes, lemon zest and lemon juice.

4. Let simmer until the lentils and the potatoes are tender.

5. Blend everything together and add salt and pepper.

6. Serve and enjoy!




Peanut Vegan Stew (Serves 4, 25 min)


Comfort food that is full of vegetables, has a lovely creaminess and great flavour!



Ingredients


o tablespoon of olive oil

o 1 onion diced

o 2 garlic cloves finely chopped

o 2 handfuls of cauliflower florets, cut up into desired sizes (fresh or frozen)

o 2 handfuls broccoli florets, cut up into desired sizes (fresh or frozen)

o 2 carrots diced

o 1 handful spinach (fresh or frozen)

o 1 can red kidney beans drained and rinsed

o 1 can plum tomatoes

o 350 ml vegetable stock

o 1 inch ginger peeled and minced

o 1 teaspoon ground cumin

o ½ teaspoon turmeric

o ½ teaspoon dried chili flakes

o freshly ground black pepper

o 4 tablespoons peanut butter smooth or crunchy



Method


1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.

2. Add the onion and fry until translucent but not browned.

3. Add the garlic and ginger, and fry for a further minute.

4. Add the cauliflower, broccoli (if using frozen cauliflower and broccoli, run under warm water for a minute or two to thaw and then cut into bite sized pieces), carrots, spinach, stock, beans, tomatoes (break them up slightly with a spoon) and spices, then stir well to combine.

5. Bring to boil then reduce the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes or until the vegetable are cooked, stirring occasionally.

6. Add the peanut butter and stir well. Season with salt and pepper and cook for a further minute.

7. Serve garnished with spring onions, peanuts, and parsley.





Why don’t you give one – or even both – of these recipes a go in the coming week and show off your culinary skills! Be sure to save some leftovers for your parents; they surely would appreciate something healthy and warm after a long day at work.

Send us some pictures of how your cooking turns out (awesome presentations may get a special feature ;-) via our social media pages and leave us your reviews in the comment box below.

You are also more than welcome to send us a recipe of your favourite healthy dish – you never know, it may even be featured on this blog!


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