It seems the weather in London outdid itself in sun and heat while we were in Jersey on holiday. I thought I had cancelled the veg box due on the morning we returned, but it was sitting under a bush outside our door when we got in that evening. The contents were a bit wilted but otherwise fine for having sat in sunlight all day. I normally elect to skip items we don't eat or already have a lot of. But because I thought I'd cancelled the box, I didn't check what would be in it. I ended up with rather more limp lettuce than I prefer.
The sun also put an end to my usually robust mint.
Without its usual
Beetroot is full of iron and folate
Quinoa is a plant based form of protein, and contains all nine of the essential amino acids needed for cell renewal.
Lentils are a good source of folic acid, full of iron and provide a non-meat form of protein
Tomatoes are full of the antioxidant lycopene which boosts sperm health and also contain folate, B6, vitamin A and vitamin E
Sunflower seeds are full of B vitamins, vitamin E and zinc
- French lentils, soaked, boiled and cooled
- Tomatoes, chopped
- Pickled beetroot, drained and chopped.
- Cooked quinoa
- Sunflower seeds
- Onion, finely chopped
Mix together equal quantities of lentils, tomatoes and beetroot. Toss in quinoa, sunflower seeds, finely chopped onion and mint to taste. Serve with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar over a bed of shredded lettuce.