Mind Your Peas and Curry

Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 30 minutes


By Michelle Robbins
Although you can survive on an all potato diet it is important to eat a varied diet. If spinach is your go-to leafy green, substitute the recipe's spinach with kale, collards, or Swiss chard to increase the diversity of your diet. Rather than using your standard apple variety, select a type of apple new to you.


  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp snap peas, de-stringed and chopped
  • 3 cups water/homemade vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 cups snap peas, de-stringed and chopped
  • 1 pound fresh organic spinach, chopped
  • 1-2 organic apples, diced


Crush and mince garlic and set aside. Cook onions in a dry, uncovered pot over medium heat until soft and fragrant, 10-15 minutes. Stir in minced garlic, ginger, mustard seeds, cilantro, curry powder, and black pepper. Add water or vegetable broth and lentils. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat until lentils tender, about 20 minutes. Remove pot from heat and stir in snap peas, spinach, and apple. Serve spooned over wild rice blend or brown basmati rice.