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Lovely Easter Monday lunch yesterday.  Great time to test new black rice and edamame salad.  Not only tastes great but may help with symptoms of the menopause as it's packed with phytoestrogens!  

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This one's good for the boys with good source of zinc (male fertility) and the antioxidant lycopene which may help to protect against prostate cancer - team with a silly moustache for Movember!

Roasted cumin and cherry tomato dal 

Serves 4

Per 280g serving:  180 calories 

2 tblsp cumin seeds
Large handful of cherry tomatoes 
1 large onion, chopped  
3 cloves garlic, chopped  
1 chilli, chopped 
1" piece of ginger, grated
1 tblsp Groundnut oil1 heaped tsp ground coriander 
2 cloves 
150g red lentils 
Stock (chicken or vegetable)
Handful each of coriander and parsley, chopped 


1.  Heat the over to 200C 
2.  Heat a small pan and dry fry the cumin seeds for a minute or so (watch they don't burn)
3.  Place cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 10 minutes
4.  Whilst the tomatoes are cooking prepare you vegetables 
5.  Heat the oil in a medium sized pan and add the onion, garlic, chilli and ginger cooking on a low heat until soft
6   Remove the tomatoes form the oven 
6.  Add the spices to the pan and stir for 1 minute, then add the lentils and stir again 
7.  Add stock so it is about 1cm above the mixture in the pan and throw in the tomatoes 
8.  Cook gently for about 15 minutes adding stock when necessary and stirring occasionally 
9.  Don't cook the lentils down, they should hold their shape and have bite to them
10. Once done stir in the herbs 

This dish goes really well with a piece of salmon or you could add prawns for extra zinc  
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