I’m sure this won’t come as a surprise to most of you, but I spend a lot of time in grocery stores. Sometimes, multiple times a day (like when a recipe is a total fail and I need to redo it but I’ve run out of ingredients!) Luckily, I truly enjoy the process. But every once in a while, I get bored of shopping at the same few places so I off I go, looking for some new and exciting ingredient to spark my creativity. Last week, while shopping at a bulk food store, I found Beluga Lentils. It was an ah-ha moment. I had never heard of Beluga lentils but their cute little jet-black rounded shape sparked my interest. I also found some spelt couscous and the idea of the Beluga lentil couscous salad was born.
Beluga lentils get their name from their ressemblance to Beluga caviar. According to Merchant Gourmet, these little black gems pack a serious nutritional punch and are loaded with dietary fibre and folates. Unlike green lentils, black lentils such as Beluga possess anthocyanins – the same powerful antioxidant found in dark berries like blueberries and blackberries. These antioxidants are great at preventing damage to cells by free-radicals.
Spelt couscous is also a powerhouse and according to the savy people over at Organic Facts, the health benefits of spelt include its ability to help in regulating the body’s metabolism, aid in the creation of sex hormones, increase circulation, build strong bones, improve the immune system, boost the digestive function, lowering blood sugar, and reducing cholesterol levels in the body.
Now I’m thinking, combining those two powerhouses together and you’ve got yourself some seriously nourishing food.
Because at the end of the day, that’s my goal: to bring you great tasting food that nourish your body so you can thrive both mentally and physically. It is very hard for the mind to function optimally if the body is undernourished but when the body is fed what it craves and needs, the possibilities are limitless.
And that’s where I went to propel you: to your own limitlessness…
And it all starts in your plate.
But before I share this awesome recipe with you guys, I want to follow up with you on what I wrote in my last post: that I would be sharing with you tips and tricks I’ve learned along my journey as a student of yoga, spiritual scriptures and mindfulness practices, for you to implement in your daily life so you can reach your own goals and potential.
Yes, this blog is not only about getting your belly full of delicious food, but also feeding your inner Self.
So the first tip I want to share with you is this: make a list of 3 tasks and do them daily. No exception.
Now why is that so important? Well I’m sure you’ve read about the importance of goal setting and how successful people are all goal-setters. But too often we get tangled up in really big goals and we get frustrated and easily discouraged because we’re not seeing result as quickly as we would like. Goal setting is important but by getting into the habit of accomplishing 3 daily tasks we set for ourselves, we are taking the necessary small steps to reach that bigger goal without getting discouraged.
It also creates what I like to call the “accomplishment mindset” where you get into the habit of succeeding at meeting your own goals, daily. that mindset is so extremely beneficial for your self-esteem and for reaching your bigger goals down the road.
As you are starting out with your list, pick 3 (and yes, no more then 3) tasks that you know you can achieve in a day, everyday. Don’t start off with unrealistic tasks. Start small, and grow from there.
Let me give you a personal example. A few months back, my life came to a halt and I lost one of the most important, influential and beloved person in my life, my father. Everything became overwhelming and I felt stuck. Luckily, I knew how to get myself out of that funk. I took out my journal and wrote down 3 tasks that I would need to accomplish everyday for the next few weeks. Here were my tasks:
- take a shower
- brush my teeth
- meditate/pray for 10 minutes
I know. Very basic. But I knew I couldn’t do more then the basics. However, I always made a point to accomplish all three tasks, everyday. No exceptions. Slowly but surely, the “accomplishment mindset” set in and I was able to move to more evolved tasks. I still implement the 3 tasks rule everyday because it’s what keeps me motivated, accountable and mindful.
This is just an example of my life but it goes to show you how sometimes, we need to go back to basics in order to move forward with ease again. So calibrate your tasks to where you are in your life right now and where you want to go.
I hope this tip helps you move forward.
And now, unto the recipe!
This salad calls for my Liquid Gold Dressing from a few posts back.
Don’t forget to leave me a comment about this recipe or my 3 task tip.
- 1/2 Cup dry Beluga Lentils
- 3 Cups water
- 1 Cup dry spelt couscous
- 1 Cup of water
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
- 6 small radishes
- 2 medium size carrots
- 1 tomato
- 1 bunch fresh parsley
- 1 green onion
- 1 serving of Liquid Gold Dressing
- Rinse the lentils under cold water.
- In a large pot, cover the lentils with 3 cups of water and bring them to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and continue to cook them over medium low heat, stirring occasionally until the lentil, about 25 minutes of cooking.
- In the meantime, bring 1 cup of water to boil in a small pot.
- Add the salt and couscous, stir and remove from heat.
- Chop up the raw vegetables and fresh parsley and set aside in a salad bowl.
- Fluff up the couscous with a fork and add to the vegetables.
- Once the Beluga lentils are cooked, drain and add to the salad bowl.
- Toss everything together and drizzle the Liquid Gold Dressing.