Make the planet and your wallet cheer for you
Did you know that a quarter of the food that we are throwing away each year in Europe and the USA is actually enough to feed each person around the world?
Are you a person who cares for the environment and also wants to save money? We will provide you with some tips on how you can limit your food waste while also being a good friend to the Earth and keeping your wallet happy!
These three recipe ideas will be using lentils as the main ingredient. Choosing the main ingredient can be a good helping tool to start building a few meals around which you can of course vary as you prefer.
Lentils are cheap and healthy, have a low impact on the climate, and is a good friend to our planet. Lentils overall are a good source of protein and a good substitute for meat. It provides you with both protein and carbohydrates. Lentils are rich in fiber which is good for your digestion. It also contains vitamins like Vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, thiamin, and niacin.
What do you need to cook the following dishes ?
1 yellow onion, vegetable oil, garlic, tomato paste, coconut milk, water, vegetable broth, dried red lentils, Sambal Oelek, cherry tomatoes, salt, and pepper.
Start with frying the onion with oil in a pot. Add garlic, tomato paste, and spices. Keep frying an extra minute. Pour down the coconut milk, vegetable broth, lentils, and Sambal oelek. Let it cook slowly for about 20-30 minutes until it’s a bit thick. Lastly, add the cherry tomatoes with salt and pepper. Enjoy together with rice.
For the next dish, you will need tortilla bread and vegetables as you like, preferably some crispy salad. Now you will simply use the tortilla bread to fill with the lentil stew from earlier, together with vegetables. If you have some leftovers of the rice, add that in and spice it as you like. Voilá! A lentil burrito!
The last dish will be a lasagne. Instead of lasagne plates, we will use leftovers from the tortilla bread. Due to how much tortilla bread you have left the portion of this dish will vary a bit.
Start with putting some of the tortilla bread in the bottom of a baking pan. Add some of the lentil stew. (You can also add some oregano or basilica to the stew to vary the taste). Keep adding tortilla bread and the stew layer by layer until you’ve finished the bread and the stew. You can add vegetables as you like. Put in the oven for about 15 minutes at 200 degrees. Keep an eye on it to see when it’s done.
A bonus tip if you for some reason would have leftovers of the tortilla bread you can cut them in small triangles and put them in the oven for about 5-10 minutes at 180 degrees. Add some spices such as paprika, salt, leek powder. Eat them as a complement to a dish.
Enjoy becoming a better friend to our planet and your wallet!
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