Spicy Red Lentil and Spinach Dahl – a 5:2 Diet Recipe:
One of the joys for me of eating out in London is that over the last twenty years or so our capital city has become thriving international culinary hub. Recently I’ve been lucky enough to sample some excellent Indian restaurants and I’ve developed quite a taste for Indian food. And while it hasn’t been exactly helpful as I’ve tried to lose weight with the 5:2 diet, it has as least given me some inspiration for new 5:2 diet recipes.
At home on a 5:2 fast day last night I got a real craving for something warm and spicy. I’ve been checking out recipes for Dahl – and since I had no fresh meat in the house, a vegetarian dahl seemed a great option for supper yesterday. This is an adaptation of a number of recipes I found for dahl, all of which were quite similar. Mine uses spinach because I happened to have a bag in the house. And red lentils because I had some open. I’ve used a tiny amount of coconut oil to sweat the onion and open the spices because I know it is a healthier option than many cooking fats. You could substitute olive oil sunflower or corn oil if you prefer. And, because I have a thyroid problem I’ve cooked the spinach a little. Many vegetables that should be ‘good’ for you are goitrogenic – potentially bad for people with hypothyroidism unless they are cooked through. You could leave out the spinach altogether or use a different vegetable if you prefer.
Real comfort food, I enjoyed this soupy stew with just a dollop of yoghurt last night. If you are not on a 5:2 fast day, you might want to have some naan bread or rice. Is it authentic? Probably not – but it was very good – and that’s what counts!
My recipe makes enough for two main course size portions or for 4 people as a side dish. Perfect for a 5:2 fast day main meal, it has just under 300 calories per serving without the yoghurt.
I have a feeling I’ll be eating a lot more of this healthy food over the next seven days. I’m off to a bootcamp in Spain for a week of torture;) I’m really hoping that will help me reach my 5:2 diet target – I just have a couple more kilos to loose before I’m there, but like so many diets, the last bit seems to be the hardest. Wish me luck!