I love creating recipes that have the potential of changing how we feel and function. This recipe was inspired by the wonderful chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine and her latest cookbook SLOW. Recipes that help us sneak in goodness without compromising on taste and texture are great finds and to create one that allows 12 different types of vegetables to go incognito is a spectacular treat. I had 8 hungry teenagers at my house last week and 3 of them were certified veg-haters. They all devoured the dish and one of the “anti-veggies” even told me this was one of the best meals he had ever eaten.
There is mounting evidence to suggest that a healthy gut can help support a healthy brain and a healthy immune system. We carry in our gut about 2kg of microbes which make up our microbiome. This amazing ecosystem helps control the majority of our immune system, helps produce vitamins and minerals, break down toxins, educate our immune system, and extract the energy our bodies need from our food, even from food that would otherwise be inaccessible to us such as those containing fibre. There is evidence to suggest that the more variety of microbes we have the better the microbiome can do its job. In order to get this variety in our microbiome, we need to eat a variety of foods to feed our ecosystem. Every single vegetable in this dish as well as the lentils offers a different type of food to our gut bugs and helps grow different species. This is a true gut “super meal”.