Chef Wendell cooks up a healthy holiday dish

Chef Wendell cooks up a healthy holiday dish on December 13, 2015. (WISH photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -The holidays are challenging when watching your health and waistline, so indulge with mindful moderation. For a stocking full of energy-restorative, cleansing vitamins and bell-ringing fiber, prepare this fresh and wholesome entrée and feast upon this colorful dish between holiday buffets.

Kitchari: (2-3 servings)
Inspired by: The Ayurvedic Institute
1 cup quinoa cooked in 3 cups water; drained (yield: 3 cups)
1 cup lentils, boiled per package instructions
2 cloves minced fresh garlic
Pinch cayenne
1 tsp. virgin, unrefined coconut oil
1 tsp. cumin and mustard seeds
1 tsp. fennel powder
1 ½ tsp. coriander powder
½ tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp freshly squeezed lime / lemon juice
Himalayan salt to taste
1 sliced avocado

• Cook quinoa and lentils separately following the packet directions.
• In a suite pan, add the coconut oil over medium-low heat. NOT hot.
• Toss in cumin and mustard seeds, fennel, coriander, garlic and cayenne; stir for several minutes to release flavor and the intoxicating aroma.
• Add the quinoa and lentils and ix gently.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Plate the dish and top it with the toppings below

Raw Toppings
The crunchy raw toppings take this dish to an exciting level of bold flavor and nutrition.
1-2 cups assorted veggies: colorful diced peppers, carrot, zucchini, onion, avocado, cucumber, halved cherry tomatoes
½ cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
4 chopped green onions
2-3 tbsp. chopped cilantro
1-2 tsp. pure maple syrup or honey
Himalayan salt to taste
1 tsp. lime / lemon juice
Water as needed to make the sauce

• Mix all these ingredients in a bowl with the assorted veggies. Let sit for a while so the flavors take off.
• Top kitchari quinoa and lentils portions generously and serve at air temperature.

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