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The mess is worth it {Recipe}


Dinner last night was DELICIOUS if I do say so myself and must be shared here. A tasty combination of coconut and Indian spices came together to make a satisfying and vegan meal loaded with essential nutrients and protein.

Cauliflower and Lentil Coconut Curry                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Courtesy of Angela @ Vegangela.com

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2.5 cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ⅓ cup dry red lentils
  • 250 ml vegetable broth, hot
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 400 ml can coconut milk
  • ¾ cup frozen green beans or peas, thawed and drained
  • large handful of spinach (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (fresh coriander) leaves (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Begin by sauteing the onions in oil for a few minutes until translucent. Add garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin and turmeric and cook for a couple more minutes. Stir in vegetable broth and lentils and cover to simmer for 10 minutes. In the mean time, brown cauliflower florets in a tablespoon or so of oil and then add to lentil mixture along with the coconut milk and carrots.

yumminess cooking

Add beans, peas and spinach if using (I actually didn’t even add these last few ingredients because I was in a rush to get my kids fed!) and cook for another 10 minutes or until desired tenderness of veggies. Add cilantro and lemon juice and salt and pepper just before serving over rice.

vegan meal, delicious, protein in every bite

Oh, and this is what my kitchen looks like at the end of it. My kids like to help. 😉

oatmeal on floor, dirty dishes, foods bits, cooking with kids


Author: whenwewereyoung...

A stay at home mom of two boys under two, love TED talks, swing dancing and of course, writing. When we were young is my sharing of motherhood, the beautiful, the ugly, the happy, the sad and the world my boys are growing up in.

12 thoughts on “The mess is worth it {Recipe}

  1. I’m always looking for new recipe that my family loves! And they love Indian spice and coconut! I will try it this week!

  2. Nice. I love recipes. I will have to get together a grocery list and remember to add certain ingredients to it before I hit the store.


  3. Yum! I wonder if curry paste would work in place of all the single spices? I don’t have all of those, I do have curry powder and paste. What do you think?

  4. That looks super delicious. I’m putting it on the meal plan!

  5. This looks like it’s right up my alley. Pinning it!

  6. that looks easy and healthy what I like!

  7. I happen to have all of these ingredients on hand, thanks for planning my dinner@

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