Being gluten free means eating foods which do not contain gluten. This includes a wide range of food such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, noodles made from rice or quinoa, meats, dairy, and some packaged or processed foods marked as ‘gluten-free’. Being gluten free can have some great health benefits! For some people, avoiding gluten can help reduce inflammation in the gut and support healthy digestion. It can also help bring down cholesterol levels and blood pressure, reduce migraines, joint pain and mentally benefit allowing them to concentrate better, have improved moods and more energy. For people with gluten sensitivity or allergies, avoiding gluten is a critical step for feeling their best. Ultimately, the best benefit to eating gluten free is it can make you feel healthier overall!
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-1 onion, finely chopped
-1-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 teaspoon grated ginger
-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
-1 teaspoon ground coriander
-1 teaspoon smoked paprika
-1/2 teaspoon garam masala
-1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
-1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1 cup dried brown lentils
-2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
-1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
-1 large carrot, peeled and diced
-1 red bell pepper, diced
-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
-2 cups cooked long-grain rice
-1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the ginger, cumin, coriander, paprika, garam masala, turmeric, and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute, stirring continuously.
3. Add the lentils and stir to coat in the spices.
4. Add the broth, tomatoes, carrot, bell pepper, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. When the curry has finished cooking, stir in the cooked rice and cilantro. Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt, if desired. Serve hot.