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Moroccan Spiced Lentils

My gosh, we have a very sick crew here and funny thing is we all have come down with different illnesses. I have a bad cold, Bella has pink eye and an ear infection, Noah has a stomach bug and is throwing up and James foot hurts. Since we’re leaving for Sweden tomorrow I sure hope we all feel better soon. Off course moms never get to be sick. I felt like death yesterday, but I just had to pull it together to make meals, comfort kids, clean and do dishes. Not until 6pm did I finally get a break when James came home could I crawl into bed and sleep. Ok, no more whining.

Since our departure for Sweden is tomorrow I’ve been working on eating out of  the fridge and freezer and only shopping for necessities at the store. We have been eating some strange combinations for sure and lots of beans and lentils. I made moroccan spiced lentils for lunch yesterday and it was a hit with Bella who otherwise is not too keen on lentils. I served with rice and tortillas.
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • ½ tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ smoked paprika 
  • ½ coriander
  • 2 cup kale, chopped
  • ¼ cup dates, pit removed and chopped
  • Salt to taste
Combine lentils, broth, carrot, garlic, onion, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, and coriander in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium/low heat and cook for 10-15 minutes, until lentils are soft. Fold in the kale, dates and salt if needed. Cook for another minute or so for the kale to wilt.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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