Who doesn't want to snuggle up with a warm, hearty meal during the winter and know that it isn't only super tasty, but also healthy and packed full of nutrients for your fertility journey!
Did I mention its super easy!? All you need is the ingredients and a slow cooker, basically throw them all in and let it cook! SIMPLE!
Now lets break down the ingredients to see why this meal is so good for supporting your fertility journey!
Lamb- Is an amazing source of zinc, omega 3, iron and vitamin B12 which are all extremely important to help nourish your body before and after you fall pregnant! These can also help with sperm and egg quality!
Onion- Would you be surprised to know that this versatile vegetable contains a lot of benefits?! Not only can it help improve sperm and egg quality, but it is also high in the antioxidant glutathione! This magic antioxidant has been shown to help with some autoimmune and inflammatory issues! Studies have shown it may be helpful for those who are experiencing immunological miscarriages or if the body is rejecting their partners sperm!
Lentils and chickpeas- These are a great source of fiber and folate which are both imperative for maintaining a hormonal balance.
Ginger- This is full of antioxidant properties and can be very useful for women suffering from inflammatory conditions such as PCOS or Endometriosis.
Curly kale- Full of folic acid and iron!
Please note that some studies have shown that men and women trying to fall pregnant should limit their intake of cumin seeds. I wouldn't worry too much about the amount in this recipe as it is tiny! But if you feel you would rather eliminate it for the recipe, you can try substituting it with paprika! I haven't tried this so let me know how it tastes! I bet its really good!
So, now that we have looked at all the ingredients, lets make it!
Preparation- 10 minutes
Cook- 6 hours
Nutritional information per serving:
Fat- 19g (saturates- 5g)
Carbs- 49g (sugars 17g)
- 1 large onion, halved and sliced
- 3 tbsp Madras or Masala curry paste
- 400g can of chopped tomatoes
- 2 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
- 25g red or green lentils
- 210g can of chickpeas (don't drain)
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 75g Curly kale
- 2 lean lamb steaks, fat removed, diced (approx. 240g)
- Cooked rice (optional)
The night before- place all ingredients into your slow cooker with a third of a can of water (chickpea can) and stir well. Place the lid on top and chill in the fridge overnight.
The next day, stir it all again and cook on low for 6 hours until the lamb and vegetables are nice and tender.
Cook your rice (if wanted), serve and enjoy!
Remember to take a picture and share on social media (remember to tag me), so I can see how yours went!
Recipe credit- BBC GoodFood