Creamy Indonesian Split Pea Curry with Lime Scented Yogurt

I love a good curry and I always have a variety of legumes on hand.  Indonesian curry is milder than Indian curry, so if you think you don’t like curry, you might actually like this.

To brighten up the curry, I add a dollop of zesty lime scented yogurt to each bowl just before serving.  For this, I use the best quality, grass fed yogurt made by Maple Hill Creamery.  Not only is the flavor of their certified 100% organic grass-fed dairy superior, but the nutritional benefits can’t be beat. Rather than grazing on a diet based on grain, corn, soy, or other feed which is not ideal and can cause the cows myriad health problems stemming from general inflammation, Maple Hill’s cows graze on a natural diet of meadow grasses, which keeps them in optimal health.  This means their bodies are not acidic, inflamed, and unhealthy.  Why does this matter to you?  Dairy from a healthy certified organic 100% grass-fed and antibiotic-free cow means the milkfat is very high in anti-inflammatory omega-3s (the stuff salmon, flax, and walnuts are prized
for) and also has higher levels of beautifying beta-carotene and ALA.

Bottom line: grass fed dairy not only means happier, healthier cows, but it also means happier, healthier you :D.

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Creamy Indonesian Split Pea Curry with Lime Scented Yogurt

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

1 cup dried yellow split peas, sorted and rinsed

1 1/2 cups water + 2 tablespoons lime juice (from 1/2-1 lime)

2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth (vegetable is fine for vegetarian version)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 large carrot, medium dice (about 1 cup cut)

2/3 cup Maple Hill Creamery Grass Fed Plain Greek Yogurt

1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil or avocado oil

zest of 1 lime + 1 tablespoon lime juice

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger, from about 1-inch piece

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

12 turns black pepper (about 1/4 teaspoon)

1 medium onion, small dice

2 cloves garlic, well smashed and peeled

1/3 cup unsweetened grated coconut

4 scallions, thin bias cut, to serve

cilantro or micro cilantro, to serve

Instructions:

Soak split peas in salted water with lime for about an hour. Add peas to 2-quart pot with broth and chopped carrot.  Simmer peas until soft and breaking apart, about 30 minutes.

Mix Greek yogurt with lime zest and juice in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat a teaspoon of oil in a medium pan over medium low heat and sauté the ginger, onion, and garlic until soft, about 4 minutes.   Reduce heat to low and add the turmeric, cumin, and cayenne and sauté another 30 seconds.  Stir in coconut milk and grated coconut and let meld in the pan five minutes. Add the sautéed mixture to the split peas.

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To make extra creamy, use an immersion blender to partially purée the peas.  Alternatively, ladle about half of the soup into a blender and run until smooth; stir back into pot with the unblended soup.

Serve over jasmine rice and top with a dollop of lime scented yogurt and a sprinkling of scallion and cilantro.

Indonesian Split Pea Curry - The Clean Gourmet

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Breakfast Beets with Yogurt - The Clean Gourmet

Breakfast Beets with Yogurt

This is the sweet breakfast for savory breakfast fans, but a healthier, yet satisfying alternative for those who prefer a sugary start to their day.

Personally, I don’t tolerate much sugar, including fruit, first thing in the morning, but beets have a low/moderate effect on blood sugar (a.k.a. glycemic load).

If you exercise often, then I highly recommend regularly incorporating beets into your diet, as they’ve been shown to aid in muscle recovery, thereby boosting future performance.

For a dairy-free version, replace the yogurt with a drizzle of cold-pressed flaxseed oil.

Breakfast Beets with Yogurt

Serves 2

Ingredients:

3 medium beets, steamed until tender and cut into quarters

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons dried cranberries

1 teaspoon unhulled sesame seeds

Juice of 1 lemon

⅛ teaspoon salt

⅓ cup whole Greek yogurt (dairy-free version: 1/4 cup Anita’s coconut yogurt or 1 tablespoon cold-pressed flaxseed oil)

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

Chopped toasted nuts and seeds (pictured: pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds)

What to do:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve immediately.


Herbed Zucchini Cakes with Minted Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Summer is NOT over!  Make these Herbed Zucchini Cakes while zucchini is still dirt cheap at the market and your neighbors are still drowning in zucchini from their backyards.

Herbed Zucchini Cakes with Minted Sheep's Milk Yogurt Dipping Sauce - The Clean Gourmet

These really don’t take long to make and are great as an appetizer for guests or as a light main course.

Herbed Zucchini Cakes with Minted Sheep's Milk Yogurt Dipping Sauce - The Clean Gourmet

I use almond flour to bind the patties, as it lends body and more flavor than breadcrumbs or flour do.  It also happens to make this dish paleo and gluten-free :).  Just make sure to wring the zucchini out well so that when making the patties they’ll come together without having to add extra almond flour.

Herbed Zucchini Cakes with Minted Sheep's Milk Yogurt Dipping Sauce - The Clean Gourmet

Don’t make these unless you plan on having some kind of sauce!  Tangy sheep’s milk yogurt and lime, along with fresh mint, is the best way to do these puppies justice.  If you’re vegan or dairy free (or not…), they’re also great with Creamy Vegan Red Pepper and Tomato Summer Sauce.

Herbed Zucchini Cakes:

Serves 2

2 cups grated zucchini, from 2 medium zucchini

½ cup grated potato, from 1 small potato

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg

2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme

2 teaspoons finely chopped mint

zest of 1 lime (about 1/2 teaspoon)

4 turns black pepper

about 1/3 cup almond flour (add more, if needed)

1 tablespoon avocado oil, for cooking

Place grated zucchini and potato in a colander and toss with salt.  Let drain in sink or large bowl while you prepare the remaining ingredients and dipping sauce.

In a large bowl, mix together egg, parsley, thyme, mint, lime zest and black pepper.

Wring out zucchini with clean dish towel- the drier you get it, the less almond flour you will need!  Add wrung zucchini and almond flour to bowl with other ingredients and combine.  Form into patties (this is where you’ll realize whether or not you need more almond flour).

Heat a large pan with avocado oil over medium-high heat.  Form patties with zucchini mixture and sear on pan, 2-3 minutes each side.

Serve with Minted Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Dipping Sauce or Creamy Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Summer Sauce.

Minted Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Dipping Sauce:

1 6-oz container sheep’s milk yogurt

1 tablespoon lime juice (1/2 juicy lime)

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh mint leaves

Stir yogurt, lime juice and mint together in a small bowl.


Peanut Butter Date Protein “Milkshake” (Frullato di Burro d’Arachidi e Banana con Proteina)

This was originally a “smoothie”, but with the lack of berries and solid ingredients, it usually comes out to the consistency of a thick milkshake.  You can, of course, adjust the thickness by adding or reducing the amount of milk.  Also, more yogurt can be used to thicken the consistency if you prefer the smoothie consistency.

Usually I split this with Gotspark, in which he has a big glass and I have a little one.  If you’re a guy and/or have higher caloric needs, this could easily be one serving.  However, if you’re “watching” like me, this is probably best shared with someone else.

Peanut Butter Date Protein “Milkshake”

Serves 1-2 

2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter

1 large banana, broken into chunks

1 pitted Medjool date, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes if dry

Scant scoop vanilla protein powder (I like Tera’s Whey Organic Bourbon Vanilla)

Scant scoop ground flax

1/4-1/3 cup Greek yogurt

A few dashes of cinnamon

1 1/2 cups of Unsweetened almond milk or grass fed cow’s milk

Handful of ice

Blend for 1-2 minutes.

Peanut Butter Date Protein "Milkshake" - The Clean Gourmet

Frullato di Burro d’Arachidi e Banana:

1-2 porzioni

Ingredienti:

2 cucchiai di burro d’arachidi

1 banana grande, spezzettata

1 dattero, impregnato d’acqua calda per 5 minuti e snocciolato

1 cucchiaio colmo d’integratore di proteina alla vaniglia

1 cucchiaio colmo di semi di lino macinati

una pallina di yogurt greco

qualche pizzico di cannella

50-100 ml di latte di mandorle, di soia o di vacca (secondo i tuoi gusti)

una manciata di ghiaccio

Come fare:

Frullate tutti gli ingredienti per 1-2 minuti.