Cauliflower and Lentil Dahl

As part of HelloFresh’s Daily Yay, they’re encouraging people to choose little twists on their daily routine instead of an intimidating New Year’s resolution.

One of their Daily Yays is to go for a run. Which is why their nutritionally trained chef, Victoria, has highlighted this great meal to inspire your post work out dinner or lunch.

Ingredients:

  • Onion
  • Tomato Purée
  • Garlic Clove
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Red Split Lentils
  • Coriander
  • Water
  • Green Beans
  • Vegetable Stock
  • Curry Powder
  • Greek Yoghurt

Method:

  1. Peel and very finely chop the onion and peel and grate the garlic (or use a garlic press if you have one). Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Roughly chop the coriander. Chop the green beans into thirds and discard the ends.

  2. Heat a splash of oil in a large pot on medium-low heat. Add your onion and slowly cook for 5 mins, then add your garlic and cook for a further minute. Season with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Tip: If the onion starts to brown, turn the heat down a bit.

  3. Once your onions are so , add the curry powder and stir.

  4. Stir in the tomato purée and then add the chopped tomatoes. Add another pinch of salt and a sprinkle of sugar (if you have some). Add the red lentils, the water (amount specified in the ingredient list) and the vegetable stock pot. Bring to a gentle simmer, put a lid on and leave for 5 mins.

  5. Remove the lid and add your cauliflower. Cook for around 12-15 mins or until tender.

  6. When your cauliflower is halfway through cooking add your green beans and cook for 6-7 more mins. Tip: Don’t worry if the dal is drying out a little – just add a bit more water to get a looser consistency.

  7. Stir through two-thirds of your coriander and some of the yoghurt. Tip: At this stage it’s crucial to taste for seasoning - have a spoonful and add more salt and pepper to li the flavours to their max!

  8. Serve in a bowl with a dollop of yoghurt poured over, and the remaining coriander sprinkled on top.

Get full info on the recipe here!

What makes a great post work out meal?

Carbs: The body's main fuel source, stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver. As the body can only store a certain amount of carbohydrate, once depleted through exercise these reserves need to be replaced. Target low GI, complex carbs e.g. sweet potatoes, wholemeal pasta, wholemeal bread and brown rice

Protein: Protein is vital for the growth and repair of muscle tissue, and can significantly reduce muscle soreness the following day. Target lean protein such as eggs, fish, and white meat. 

Have a lovely January – and don’t forget to join the Daily Yay!.