Conscious Cuisine


"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Michael Pollan



Leeky Lentils and Butter Beans

After reading through several lentil-with-leek recipes and no time to shop, it was fun to kitchen cupboard improvise. Most of the recipes called for sauteeing in olive oil which I avoid heating and opted for a higher smoke point coconut oil.

Coconut oil, however, is decidedly non-neutral in flavor, it conjures Eastern vs. Mediterranean cuisine. It blends well with the tamari sauce, turmeric and ginger.

Sometimes an oil or even one spice can be your touchstone to spectacular flavor blends.


1 cup dried lentils
1 can butter beans or other beans you may already have on hand
1 to 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup or more of water or vegetable broth
1 large or 2 small leeks sliced thinly
2 garlic cloves pressed or minced
2 Tablespoons of Tamari Sauce (more to taste if needed)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder or a little grated fresh ginger
Pepper and a little sea salt to taste (sauce already salty)
1 scallion thinly sliced as a topper
Chopped parsley and or Thai basil for garnish



-Cook lentils in about 2 1/2 to 3 cups simmering water for 35-40 minutes. Test for doneness and add a splash of vinegar at the end or after cooking.
-Saute leeks, garlic and spices in coconut oil over medium heat for 2 minutes.
-Stir in the cooked drained lentils.
-Add the can of butter beans well rinsed and drained.
-Mix well and let simmer a few minutes with broth or water if needed.
-Top with scallions and parsley or Thai basil.


Serving Suggestion

This can be enjoyed as a plant protein main dish or with, chicken, shrimp, fish or beef along with other veggies cooked separately. Pictured with pan sauteed chicken and steamed broccoli for a one dish meal.
Improvise on your own and let me know how it turned out!


Want to Start Using Food as Medicine?

Lentils and other pulses have bioavailable calcium and minerals to strengthen bones. That is just one benefit. Most plant food multitasks when it comes to reversing and recovering from many health issues.

As a Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach, I would love to help you make the changes you desire. Contact me to set up a time to meet virtually or in person.



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