I just got back from a particularly intense workout session with Kimo at Truebody Fitness and I was starving. I try to keep fast and processed foods to a minimum in the house so I always have to quickly whip something up if I want to eat. I also needed it to be healthy and productive to recovery after some rather intense strength training (intense for me anyway, Kimo is a beast). I knew I needed a source or protein to build muscle, some electrolytes to replace what I sweat out, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and some healthy fats to help me absorb all this. I also needed a good source of antioxidants and anti-infammitories to help my body recover from the work out.
Here’s what I came up with using the leftovers in my fridge and some crap from my pantry.
Curried Lentil Stew with Ramps and Quinoa
- 1 Cup Brown Lentils
- 1/4 lb Ramps (chopped)
- 1/2 Cup Cooked Quinoa
- 1/2 Cup Curry Paste or 1 Cup Curry Sauce
- 1 Cup Chicken (or vegetable) broth
- 1 tbsp. Hungarian Paprika
- 1 tbsp. Turmeric
- Mega Hot Chili Powder (as much as you dare)
- Cook lentils till their just slightly undercooked, strain out the water
- In a saucepan dissolve the (in my case leftover) curry paste into the broth
- Add lentils and allow to simmer
- Add chopped ramps to the stew
- Add the dry powdered spices and mix well, if it’s too thick add more broth.
- Top with quinoa and some herbs to make it pretty
Health and Nutrition
- Lentils – Fiber, iron, minerals and protein, little to no fat.
- Ramps – Vitamin A, C, may reduce risk of prostate cancer and promotes brain function
- Quinoa – Complete protein, decent source of healthy fats, calcium and overall just damn good for you
- Turmeric – Powerful antioxidant, may prevent heart decease, may prevent (even treat) several types of cancer, great natural anti-inflammatory (to the point it might help treat arthritis). I put this stuff in as much as I can, if your exercising you know how inflammation reduction can help speed up recovery time. Well get to know Turmeric and prepare to be good friends.
- Peppers (and chili powders) – More directly the capsaicin in the peppers is what creates the “heat”. The spicier the pepper the greater the capsaicin content. Here are some of the benefits to capsaicin: increases metabolism though heat production, curbs appetite (temporarily), may have strong cancer fighting properties.
- Curry the spices contained in curry may promote joint health, control appetite and aid digestion, prevent or fight cancer, boost your immune system, improve your skin, may reduce risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and increase your metabolism.
Cook While Listening To
Club des Belugas – Some Like It Hot