Today I rediscovered the elliptical.  I had sort of given up on the elliptical when I started running, because the elliptical seemed so easy in comparison.  Well I ran yesterday, and missed my spin class today, but I knew I needed to get some cardio in, and the elliptical machine was just standing there shining like a beacon of aerobic health.  I played around with levels and upped the resistance in regular intervals and I had quite a little workout.  Then I came home and did some yoga.  I’m sort of glad I missed spin class today; I think this little shake-up to my routine was exactly what I needed.

Now, on to dinner.

Last week someone asked that I pass on the recipe for the lentil dish I make so often.  Well since it’s my dinner tonight, I figured now would be a good time to pass on the recipe.

I used to have a roommate who made Dahl, an Indian lentil dish, on a regular basis.  I loved it’s simplicity and flavor and when she moved out I tried my best to recreate the flavors based on what I picked out.  Now you could Google Dahl recipes, but I figured I’d pass along my version.

In a sauce pan sauté some onion.  Once the onions are browned add a tsp. of cumin, ½ a tsp. of turmeric, and a tsp. of ground coriander. Mix till it becomes paste like. To the mixture add ½ a cup of lentils that have been rinsed and 1 cup of water or vegetable broth.  Bring the mixture to a boil, then let simmer until mixture becomes thick and the lentils are soft. Salt according to taste. You may need to add more water depending on the stubbornness of your lentils.  The whole process tends to take about 30-40 minutes.  Often times I add a handful of frozen peas to the mix to add some texture and sweetness. I usually serve it over rice with some plain yogurt on the side.  I often flavor the yogurt with a pinch of paprika to add a bit of spice.  That’s my recipe and I’m sticking to it, but I’m sure there are more authentic versions of Dahl out there. FYI, it usually makes about two servings.

Oh and here’s the picture of dinner for tonight:

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Lentils over brown rice with plain yogurt
Steamed brocolli

There was a pre-dinner snack in there to:

Snack

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Apple