I’m generally quite prone to throwing on oven chips because they’re quick and non-greasy and generally wonderful with ketchup (what isn’t?). If you’re like me in that respect (an Irish potato-lover), then these will blow your mind.
Sweet potato fries!
It took me a while to peel and cut these because I’m clearly NOT a tank, as much as I like to think I am, and they’re just generally tough to cut ok?..ok. I reckon after a while you get used to it though. Wash them too, always.
I bought some paprika to sprinkle on them before they were cooked, but I must admit that I couldn’t taste the paprika at all. Maybe buying Tesco branded goods is finally beginning to bite me in the ass. (I’m totally joking, TESCO BRAND FOR LIFE).
They took about half an hour in the oven on gas mark 5, so this is probably something to try when you have no time to waste but hear procrastination station calling your name in Morgan Freeman’s voice.
Also - in one cup of baked sweet potato is 438% of your RDA of vitamin A. And we all know that the earliest signs of vitamin A deficiency is poor night vision…so it’s a good idea to eat them at least once a week or you won’t be able to fight the villains when you’re moonlighting as a superhero.
Add ALL the vegetables too. I buy frozen vegetables because I’m a lazy student, but they have pretty much the same nutritional value as fresh vegetables.
Bare in mind this was my first attempt at making these, they are also not that illuminous in appearance, I just think I’m a professional photographer because I have Instagram.
It was one of those days where I wanted to eat everything…otherwise known as every other day. So I put all of these together and added Uncle Ben’s medium curry sauce. Yum.
You’ll never have deserved a dinner more in your entire life after that one.
“But like, where do you get your protein?”
See? They’re totes not green and red. The ‘green’ ones are whole, and the ‘red’ ones are split. They have the same nutritional value either way, the split ones just take a shorter time to cook!
You can buy them in any health food store for LESS than €2, and Holland and Barrett sometimes have this ‘3 for 2’ deal on, so hop on that boat. The only downfall is they take a little longer to prepare and cook than a student might have the patience for. You have to sort them to make sure there are no stones, etc. in with them, then rinse them with water, add them to a pot of boiling water and let them simmer. They recommend 3 cups of water to every cup of lentils, but sure who REALLY goes by that. Here’s the bad news. They can take up to 45 minutes to cook, less time if they’re split (25 mins) & if you want them for a salad or dinner, more time if you want them mushy for soup. But sure look, in the space of time it takes them to cook, you could be productive & type the title of your next assignment. Healthy AND hard-working…give yourself a round of applause!
I like to throw them in with my saucy meals but they work quite well with a plain stir fry and salads too. Yay!
That’s just Dolmio sauce and pasta with green lentils, lazy man’s job, but try go for brown pasta rather than white - fibre fibre fibre!
Behold Uncle Ben’s hot Indian curry sauce, with Basmati rice and green lentils. VERY spicy but very yummy indeed.
Have fun exploring the lovely land of lentils!