Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Healthy 2011

Like everyone, I'm really trying to be healthier this year.  This concoction has been one of my go-to meals. I was inspired to cook with collard greens and lentils after watching an episode of Down Home with the Neely's on The Food Network.  I absolutely LOVE them, and every one of their meals looks so delicious.  The rest of the meal was inspired by my recipe for Seitan Tikka Masala.  I really wanted to cook with some garam masala, and this is what I came up with.  I went with the "kitchen sink" mind-set, and threw in random things I had laying around.  I don't know if this counts as a stew or a dish, but whatever it is, it's good.  Even my non-vegan-doesn't-like-healthy-foods boyfriend loved this.  It's a keeper!

(Vegan) Indian-Spiced Collards and Lentils


6-8 collard leaves
1 cup lentils
1 medium-sized yellow onion
1 medium-sized tomato
1 can crushed tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon cumin
A few shakes salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, ginger, and chile pepper

1.  Chop the onion and tomato and set aside.  Mince the garlic and set aside.
2.  Grab a large pot and saute the onion and garlic over medium-heat.  I actually used 1/2 cup water to be healthier (and because I didn't have much oil).  Feel free to use either!  
3.  Once the onions begin to look translucent, throw in the spices to create a glaze.  Stir constantly.
4.  Add the chopped and crushed tomatoes, and toss in another 3/4 cup water. 
5.  Roll your collards and cut into strips.  Toss these into the pot, lower the heat, cover, and simmer for a good half-hour.
6.  While this is going on, cook your lentils according to the package.
7. Stir the lentils into the pot, and finish simmering.  
8.  Serve and feel skinny.


  1. This looks good! I've been getting into more ethnic food lately. :)

    I recently made mater "paneer" with curry sauce, peas and cubed tofu in place of the goat cheese. It was good. :) Maybe I'll post it on my blog next time I make it. It needs some perfecting ;)

    But the potato spinach curry from Appetite for Reduction was amazing!

  2. Looks and sounds super delicious. Mmm!