For the main course, Michelle shared a vegetarian Coconut Lentil Curry.
This Monica’s Coconut Lentil Curry can be served over rice or with some warmed naan bread.
P/S: I forgot to take a photo of the dish when it was served.
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 stalks of celery, chopped
- 2 large apples, peeled and chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 cups lentils (green, brown or red)
- 4 cups vegetable stock or water
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- sea salt to taste
- juice from 1 lime
- optional: chopped cilantro, lime wedges and shredded unsweetened coconut milk for garnishing
The main course for the Mexican theme prepared by Michelle for the South Arm Older Adults Kitchen was Spiced Lentil Tacos.
Michelle shared with us that even his meat lover husband enjoys this. Lentil is a great protein substitute and is high in fiber.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dried brown lentils, rinsed
- 2 to 3 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
- 8 taco shells or soft tortillas
- 1 1/4 cups shredded lettuce
- 1 cup chopped tomato
- 1/2 cup shredded reduced fat (2%) cheddar
The fall/winter vegetable featured in this recipe is kale. This is in line with the theme of eating food in season for the South Arm Cooking Club for seniors.
If you do not want to cook the lentils, you can use canned lentils or white beans but rinse them well. Chopped hazelnuts or walnuts or leftover cooked bacon, sausage or chicken can be added for added protein.
- 1/2 cup French (small) green lentils
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped (2 cups)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 pound kale (preferably Tuscan; sometimes labeled as “lacinato”)
- 3/4 pound dried short pasta
- grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or toasted breadcrumbs for topping
Source: this recipe is adapted from Gourmet April 2007
Lentils and onions can be cooked up to 5 days ahead and chilled. Cool completely and covered before refrigeration. Reheat over low heat, thinning with water as necessary.
Kale can be washed and trimmed 1 day ahead and chilled in a sealed plastic bag lined with dampened paper towels.
The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen met again in the South Arm kitchen for another sharing and learning session.
Minoo briefed the group about the recipes she selected and talked about the nutritional values of the selected ingredients. Minoo selected ingredients that are rich in iron like lentil and spinach and ingredients that are high in fiber for this kitchen.
This week’s menu included a lentil soup, a quinoa salad and a dessert made with cassava.
The first recipe is a Lemon Lentil Spinach Soup from Mint Green Apron by Michelle Li. Michelle Li is the facilitator of the South Arm Seniors Kitchen.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
- 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
- 1 1/2 cups green lentils or French green lentils
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 1 lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups vegetable broth (preferably organic)
- 2 cups chopped greens (spinach or arugula or combination of both)
Source: Mint Green Apron, Michelle Li