Pumpkin, cauliflower and red lentil Dahl

This is a very quick dinner idea and my kids love it but I leave the chilli out when making it for them. also great to have a few serves in the freezer for a quick healthy dinner or lunch in the thermos. You can pretty much use any veggies you have i made it recently with eggplant and zucchini.

2 cm piece ginger
2 garlic cloves
1 onion
1 red capsicum
1 large carrot
1 teaspoon oil
1 cup red lentils
1 ½ cup cauliflower
1 ½ cup pumpkin
1 cup water
20 grams palm sugar
1 teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon mustard seed
1 teaspoon ground coriander
0-1 teaspoon chilli
200 ml coconut milk
400 grams crushed tomatoes
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt and pepper

Crush garlic, ginger and chop onion, pepper and carrot into a fine dice and sate in the oil in a heavy based pot. Chop the cauliflower and peeled pumpkin into a 1 cm dice, and add as well as all the all the other ingredients to the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes until the lentils and vegetables are cooked, * if you are feeling fussy the pumpkin can be added after 10 and then the cauliflower after 5minutes of cooking but quite like them overcooked and mushy in this Dahl.

In the Thermomix: Peel garlic and ginger and crush speed 4/ 5 seconds. Add onion, red capsicum, carrot and chop speed 4/ 3 seconds. Add oil and sauté speed 1/reverse/100C/2 minutes. Add all other ingredients and cook 100C/speed 1/reverse 15- 20 minutes. * if you are feeling fussy the pumpkin can be added after 10 minutes and then the cauliflower after another 5minutes of cooking but quite like them overcooked and mushy in this Dahl.

Serve with nann bread or some wraps to dip in and natural yogurt https://eloiseemmett.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/butter-chicken-and-nann-bread/

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Homemade Pizza

 

My kids love making pizza! This bread dough pizza base is very economical so you could make some bases in bulk and freeze uncooked, even topped if you want, to defrost and bake when needed. The tomato base sauce will freeze well too, use a jar of pasta sauce or store bought bases if you want to make this easier.

Pizza dough
500 grams bakers (or plain) flour or wholemeal plain
1 teaspoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon bread improver
300 ml lukewarm water

Mix together and knead well until smooth leave to rise for 20 minutes and roll out into 2 large pizza bases.

Thermomix: knead for 2minutes and leave to rise for 20 minutes and roll out into 2 large pizza bases.

Tomato Pizza sauce

400 grams tomatoes or tinned tomatoes
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon basil
olive oil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper

To make the sauce to go on the pizza base, chop the onion and crush the garlic and sauté with the oil in a heavy based pot, add crushed tomatoes and chopped herbs, sugar and simmer for 20 minutes and season with the salt and pepper.

Thermomix: crush garlic speed 6/5 seconds, add onion chop speed 5 4 seconds. add a dash of oil and sauté 2 minutes/100 C. Add tomato, sugar and herbs and chop speed4/ 5 seconds. simmer 90C/ 15 minutes season with salt and pepper.

When assembling and baking the pizzas for a nice crunchy golden brown base brush the pizza tray or baking tray with oil. Top the rolled out pizza bases with tomato sauce and your favourite toppings here are a few family favourites.

Hawaiian
1 cup pineapple
100 grams ham
2/3 grated cheese (mozzarella or tasty or a mixture of both)

BBQ chicken
1 cup cooked shredded chicken meat
½ medium brown onion
1 cup mushrooms
½ cup pineapple
2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
2/3 cup grated cheese (mozzarella or tasty or a mixture of both)

BBQ meat
100 grams ham
100 grams salami
½ onion
100 grams mushroom
½ capsicum
2 tablespoons
BBQ sauce
2/3 cup grated cheese

Sweet chilli chicken
1 cup chicken
½ medium onion
½ capsicum
100 grams mushrooms
2/3 cup cheese
2 tablespoons sweet chilli or chilli sauce
sour cream to serve on top when the pizzas are cooked

 

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This smoked salmon Pizza recipe is in Seafood Everyday