Ella food solution for… Eating on the go
Often it is when people are eating out of the house that those healthy principles can go right out the window. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the healthy option when you are in a rush. This is why it is always a great idea to prepare big dishes which can be enjoyed hot or cold and can be taken with you to university, work or on any day out.
As well as saving your health, this method will save you time and money. It is much cheaper to buy the ingredients you need to cook your own food than it is to buy prepared food and of course, you can make yours exactly to your taste. It takes just the same amount of time to prepare one lot of the same meal as it does two and then you won’t need to waste time deciding and queuing tomorrow.
This dish reminds me somewhat of a risotto yet the crunch of the seeds and the sweetness of the raisins gives it an extra something. It is so filling because of the lentils and quinoa, these are two of the very best sources of plant protein.
First, roast bite-sized cubes of your choice of vegetable (sweet potato, butternut squash, parsnip, anything you enjoy roasted) with a drizzle of olive oil and mixed herbs. Bake this for 30 minutes at 190 degrees. Meanwhile, cook 1/2 cup of quinoa with 1/3 of a cup lentils in 1 cup of water with the juice of a lime. These should take 15 minutes to cook. When the hot ingredients are ready, combine them with a grated carrot and a large handful of juicy raisins. Finally, I like to top mine with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds which add the perfect crunch as well as all-important minerals to your body, like magnesium and zinc.
Hummus would go really well with this meal and it’s so easy to just dollop some on. Another great option, which I always enjoy, is to add a homemade dressing. It’s great to experiment with different flavours.