Jan 22

Spelt and the new me

I know: such a cliche. I’m undertaking a dietary and lifestyle reform and it’s January. In my defense, I would have gladly skipped the imposition of a new me this year but my right hand is demanding spa treatment. The only activities my right hand now participates in without complaint is lying limply at my side or being gently massaged. So, in an attempt to cajole it back into it’s full-time position as my hard-working servant I have set upon a self devised detox of sorts. Sadly, this means no buttery cheese-laden delights for a little while but I’m sure I’ll enjoy posting on the joys of steaming vegetables.

After most meals, especially those largely based on starches (oh, starches!), I sometimes have an incredible urge to nap. I often relinquish myself to this urge by calling it a siesta and claiming it will refresh me for a more productive afternoon. Well, I can’t claim that this spelt concoction is low GI because I don’t rightly know but it did leave me feeling extremely energised and I managed to stay awake all afternoon to watch four episodes of The Killing. Need I remind you? I’m in recuperation. So, no improvement in productivity levels but a four-fold increase in entertainment.

If you are a hard-working diligent executive you should make this and take it to work for a power lunch. If you are a demoralised, badly treated employee you should stick with the pasta and pizza and save this kind of dish for when you can use your extra energy and alertness to watch epic lengths of your favourite programme or go on day trips.

In a magnanimous gesture, I am sharing my recipe for this nutrition-packed, health-giving bowl of goodness. Considering the lack of cheese it is surprisingly tasty.

Recipe: Energising spelt and steamed vegetable power punch lunch (serves 3 – 4)

  • 250g organic green spelt grains
  • 3 carrots, peeled or scrubbed then cut into batons
  • 1 head of broccoli, broken into florets
  • ½ red chilli, finely chopped
  • handful coriander
  • 2 boiled eggs, sliced (optional)
  • seasoning – freshly ground pepper and a little salt

Cook the spelt as you would rice. I popped it into my rice cooker and just added 450g water – if you are cooking it in a pan you will need to use around double the volume of water to grain and simmer for 35-40 minutes.

Steam the vegetables, either in a steaming basket or an electric steamer for around 20 minutes. If you are using a steamer that can cook eggs you can pop them in there to cook as well.

When everything is ready, pop the spelt grains and vegetables into a big bowl with the chopped coriander and chilli and mix together. Season to taste with freshly ground pepper and a little salt.

Place into bowls and slice the egg on top.

If you need extra seasoning, Bragg Liquid Aminos is a great alternative to salt and soya sauce. It contains naturally occurring sodium and comes in handy spray bottles so it’s easy to control the amount used.








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