Great Recipes for Pregnant Gals: Spinach and Lentil Curry

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Shopping List
frozen spinach
lentils

Make sure you have olive oil, curry powder, mustard or cumin seeds, unsweetened grated or fresh coconut. If not add to shopping list.

Ingredients
1 15oz package of frozen spinach
1/2 cup green split bean lentils
1 tblsp grated coconut (optional)
1 tblsp curry powder
salt to taste
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin or mustard seeds

Talk about easy! Just toss the frozen spinach, lentils, coconut, curry powder and 3 cups of water in a heavy pan or pressure cooker and cook till the lentils are soft and mushy (If cooking in pressure cooker then wait for 4 whistles). In a separate pot, heat olive oil and add cumin or mustard seeds and heat till they sputter. Then pour over the spinach and lentils. Add salt and mix.

We usually serve this with whole grain rice. Either start the rice same time as the lentils or if you're using five-minute whole grain rice, you can stall until the spinach and lentils are almost done.

Factoids and Other Stuff
Lentils are a great "pregnancy food." They're high in folate (folic acid) and are rich in iron and protein. Another plus, they're high in fiber which helps prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.