Photo: Jonny Valiant
Aromatics and herbs transform vegetables from simple to spectacular.
IngredientsNote: Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and have a mild nutty flavor; you can find them at NavitasNaturals.com.
DirectionsActive time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until lightly caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add cumin seeds, cardamom, and garlic; sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Stir in 4 cups water, ginger, turmeric, jalapeño, vegetable stock, lentils, and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in salt, chia seeds, and cilantro; serve immediately with brown rice on the side, if using.
Per serving: 492 calories, 11 grams fat, 25 grams protein, 77 grams carbohydrates.
Recipe adapted from You on a Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management, by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz (Free Press).
From the September 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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