Easy and quick salad with lentils and spinach


I love using spinach as a base for a delicious and healthy salad. Spinach is a real green powerfood, it is a very good source of  vitamin A,  vitamin E, vitamin K,  folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese. Popeye knew what he was talking about! Lentils are also awesome! Why? They are a good source of protein, iron, phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, folate and manganese. Because of their high protein value, lentils are a great protein source for vegetarians and vegans!

Ingredients
  • 1 can lentils (or 400 grams) 
  • 150 grams of spinach 
  • 2 tomatoes 
  • 1 pepper 
  • 2 tsp curry powder

Dressing:
  • lemon juice 
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed) 
  • salt and pepper to taste

    Put the lentils in a pan and add the curry powder (add salt and pepper to taste). Mix the lentils and add the spiced lentils to the salad bowl. Cut the sweet pepper and tomatoes. Add the vegetables to the salad bowl. 
    Mix the lemon juice with the garlic, add some salt and pepper. Pour over the salad. Enjoy!

    Goodmorning power smoothie


    • 1 large banana
    • 2 cups of spinach
    • 2 tbsp oats
    • 2 tbsp flax seed
    Topped with walnuts and hemp seed


    De vegarevolutie!

    Last week I bought ''De vegarevolutie'' (the vegan revolution) by Lisa Steltenpool. For my Dutchies: Buy it! Especially if you are interested in becoming a vegan. The book contains lots of interesting facts about meat, dairy and eggs, nutritional information and helpful tips on how to deal with the annoying questions of people and ofcourse: delicious recipes! Today I made the quinoa bean burger, me and my mom absolutely loved it! You don't need meat for an amazing burger! 



    Want to know more about the book? Check out www.devegarevolutie.nl



    Avocado spread

    Ingredients

    • 1 ripe avocado
    • 1 garlic clove
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
    • pepper and salt to taste
    Put all the ingredients into a foodprocessor/hand blender and blend until smooth.

    Roasted chickpeas

    I love chickpeas, they contain lots of protein and they are delicious! This recipe is one of my favorites, you can eat roasted chickpeas as a snack (instead of unhealthy chips and other junkfood) and you can add them to your salad! 


    Ingredients

    • 400g chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
    • salt/pepper to taste
    Heat the oven to 200ºC/400ºFPlace the chickpeas in a large bowl and add the other ingredients. Mix well and spread the chickpeas on a with parchment paper covered baking sheet. Bake until crisp, about 30-40 minutes. Store the roasted chickpeas in a jar. 



    Homemade peanut butter

    I love peanut butter, a big fat spoon (or 10.. yes I'm a PB addict) of it! Peanut butter is a great source of protein and healthy fats, and because of that it gives you a great energy boost. And also very important: it contains lots of fiber and vitamin E, magnesium and a small amount of vitamin B6. But most of the peanut butters you can buy at your local grocery stores are full of added sugars and other stuff that is not very awesome for your body. So what about making your own peanut butter? It's super easy and I've got to be honest: the best I ever ate.


    Ingredients

    • 250g roasted peanuts
    • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
    • Optional: 1 tsp maple syrup (or honey) 

    Add the peanuts, olive oil and maple syrup to the food processor or hand blender. Mix until the peanut butter is as smooth as you want it. You will have to stop and scrape down the sides every half minute. Store the peanut butter in a jar and keep it in the fridge.