Spice up Your Life!

Hey Guys,

Happy Wednesday! Finally we are seeing some sun here in Canada and loving it! Hopefully it’s here to stay.

The inspiration for this post is from my boyfriend.  For weeks now, he has been checking out the flavoured rice in the stores and has been trying to sneak them into our shopping cart.  Despite their appeal as a flavourful side dish to a meal, they are loaded with lots of unrecognizable ingredients as well as salt.  One serving of rice contains 20% of your daily salt intake, and you never only eat a serving of flavoured rice, you finish the box! I have been determined to make a healthy flavoured rice at home substituting the high sodium content for flavourful healthy spices in order to satisfy my boyfriend’s cravings.

Today, I wanted to give you an easy recipe for a weeknight meal which involves lots of good for you spices!  The dish is vegetarian and contains good protein from lentils and lots of flavour and added health benefits from all the spices! … and it’s boyfriend approved!

They include:

From the ginger family, gives a beautiful yellow-orange colour to dishes and has a slight citrus flavour.

+ it is a natural pain killer (COX-2 inhibitor), so take some tumeric instead of reaching for a tylenol!

+ 2 tsp has 17% Managanese, a mineral that is important in bone formation and protects your skin from UV radiation and also contains 10% iron to carry oxygen throughout your body and keep you feeling energized
+ The active ingredient in tumeric is curcumin, which is said to be a potent anti-inflammatory, a treatment for rheumatoid arthritus, and this potent anitioxidant has been shown to slow cancer metathesis and be a good food for cancer prevention since it can protect the body from free radical damage


+Rich in iron and manganese
+Aids in digestion


+Good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C and iron
+Anti-bacterial: to protect yourself from food borne illness
+Removes heavy metal build-up from the body

A mixture of black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves.

+ Black pepper contains vitamin K which helps metabolize fats and carbohydrates
+ Cardamom is said to lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation
+ Cinnamon is said to lower blood sugar and increase insulin production as well as kill the yeast Candida
+ Cloves have the highest antioxidant count of any food!

Well without further ado, here is the recipe!

Good For you Flavoured Rice with Lentils and Lots of Veggies!

Ingredients (serves 4-6)

-1-2 tbsp oil

-1 onion

-3 celery stalks

-2 carrots

-1 head of brocolli

-1 tbsp coriander seeds

-1 tbsp cumin seeds

-1 tbsp turmeric

-2 tsp garam masala

-2 tsp ground ginger

-3 ground garlic cloves, 3 chopped garlic

-2 tsp chili flakes

-2-3 tbsp walnut and parsley pesto (optional)

-2 cups cooked lentils

-2 cups cooked rice

-2 cups chopped parsley

-1/2 cup chopped feta cheese (optional)

This may sound like a lot of ingredients, but you should have most of them on hand at home!

Directions: In a large pan, heat up oil on medium heat, add sliced onions, carrots and celery. Fry for 5 minutes until onion becomes translucent and add chopped brocolli. Lower heat to medium-low. In the meantime, heat up a small pan to medium heat and add 1 tbsp coriander seeds and 1 tbsp cumin seeds. Toast for a few minutes until you start smelling the aromatic spices and then transfer to a mortle and pestle and grind to a fine powder. Add coriander and cumin ground, garam masala, tumeric, chilli flakes, salt, pepper, ground ginger, ground garlic and chopped garlic to pan and the walnut and parsley pesto, or another tbsp of oil. Cook for a few minutes until spices are incorporated. I would recommend adding the spices slowly and tasting as you go, you don’t want to end up with a dish that is too spicy to eat!

Add cooked lentils and rice and toss to heat. Add parsley and feta for a delicious refreshing addition and serve. Happy eating! (boyfriend is sneaking a spoonful right now)




Categories: Fried, Weekly Eats

2 replies »

  1. Thank you for that amazing recipe and for all the info on the spices! I see my spice rack in a whole different light!!

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