Aaaaahhh… That feeling when you wake up in the morning and you hear the birds tweeting… The flowers cautiously showing up, stretching their colourful petals. The daylight taking dominance, decisively pushing away the gloomy dark afternoons of the winter.
I am sure you can tell that I am not a fun of the winter! Well, every season has its beauties but at the beginning of spring, nature becomes so cheerful! It spreads promises of colours, smells, tastes which create the feeling of hope, rejuvenation and rebirth.
My new recipe for Lemony Lentils with Dill is here to welcome this new season!
Make it the time for a New You…
I know that the norm is to set your resolutions in January. A new year, a new you. But we know that most New Year resolution plans fall through by Valentine’s Day. Do you wonder why this is? I do…
I propose that we start a Spring Resolution! Let’s resemble the way nature gets reborn. Let’s lift up our spirits and our health! It’s easier now to go out for that run, go for that power-walk in the evening, discover new healthy meal options and bin the junk.
Don’t forget to stay positive. Negativity can easily consume everything…
It is like a powerful hoover that sucks up our energy and joy. To fight it, we need to make 3 positive thoughts and do 3 positive things for each one negative that comes to mind. This is what my piano teacher gets me to do – every time I make a mistake I need to play it right for 3 times in a row. And it actually works! 🙂
Will you join me in my Spring Resolution of sticking to a healthy diet, healthy mind, healthy body?
The superstar ingredient: Dill
There are so many properties of the herb dill found in the literature that I will need another blog post to explore them all!
It is grown in spring as it needs sunshine and heat. This is why I chose it for this lovely spring recipe. Rich in vitamin C, dill has antioxidant properties and as such, it is there to join the army of our fighters against cancer. With its magnesium and calcium, it helps prevent osteoporosis and promotes oral health with its antibacterial properties. There is also a lot of talk about the effect of dill in the management of type 2 diabetes! Impressive…
Dill is also a well known anti-inflammatory herb. Chronic inflammation can sometimes be triggered by our dietary and lifestyle choices and has a very negative impact on our health. Some examples are cardiovascular diseases, Altzheimers and so on. Enriching our diet with anti-inflammatory foods can help us maintain a healthy immune system but also reverse any self-inflicting diseases caused by inflammation.
In my Lemony Lentils dish, you will enjoy a good amount of dill, lemon and garlic! Have it as a side or main dish, warm or cold. It goes really well with green olives and feta cheese. Yummy!
Until next time, keep cooking to stay healthy 🙂
Welcome spring with this super healthy dish. It is refreshing and flavoursome and you only need 5 main ingredients. Have it as a side or main. This amount serves 2-3 as a main.
- 250 gr green lentils
- 1 bay leaf
- olive oil
- 1 and a half lemons (squeeze and use the juice)
- 2 handfuls fresh dill (about 30 gr)
- salt and pepper to season
Wash the lentils in a colander under running water
Add the lentils, bay leaf and one tablespoon of olive oil to a saucepan with water and bring to the boil. You usually need 3 portions of water for 1 portion of lentils. For the 250 gr of lentils, I needed about 1 litre of water.
Boil for 15 minutes or until tender and drain if there is a lot of excess water at the end of the boil.
While the lentils are boiling, chop the garlic and dill and juice the lemons. I like the garlic very finely chopped for this.
Once the lentils are cooked, turn off the heat and add the rest of the ingredients in the saucepan. Stir to mix and add a good amount of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Drizzle with olive oil and enjoy!
This is a great packed lunch for work as you can really enjoy it cold, like a salad. It will keep you full until dinner without making you sleepy after lunch at work 😉