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Thursday, 31 July 2008

Cauliflower, Beans and Mash Lunch Box


It’s been ages since I last had mashed potato. So, this was what I decided to have today for lunch. I usually prepare my lunch the night before. Cauliflower is in season at the moment. So, I’m enjoying it while it’s available. I’m not a great fan of white cauliflower but this green stalk variety tastes really nice!

This was quick to do. Heat a little of olive oil, add some fenugreek seeds, let roast for 1 minute. Add some mustard seeds. Then add the cauliflower and carrots. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of turmeric. Cook until soft but not mushy. In fact I like my cauliflower quite crunchy! It tastes so much better. Lastly add some boiled red beans (or canned ones). Salt and pepper to taste.

Fenugreek seeds are very good for maintaining blood sugar level. It has a natural anti-diabetic effect. Adding about ½ teaspoon to vegetables is a good way to consume them. Be careful not to use too much at once as it will leave a somewhat bitter taste.

As for the mash, (I’m sure you all know how to make mashed potato) I boiled 3 medium potatoes. (I didn't eat all of it myself though!). Then peeled and mashed them. Heat a bit of non-diary milk in a pan. Add potato and mix well until soft and creamy. Add salt and pepper.

Alternatively, you can heat the milk then mix everything in a food processor or blender.
I did not add any margarine in this as I think it is quite unnecessary and it still tastes great!


  1. Wow, I can't even remember the last time I had mashed potatoes. Too long! Everything sound scrumptious!

  2. Can you believe I have never made mashed potatoes? I mean, I have eaten a lot of potato puree out of the package, but I've never mashed them myself!
    Nice packed lunch, I wish mine would look so good...

  3. What a delicious looking lunch! I really need to follow your lead and start packing a lunch.

  4. shelby and alice: mashed potatoes are so much better when made with actual potatoes than from a pack! And so much cheaper as well.

    avery yale kamila: I much prefer taking a packed lunch to work 'coz then I eat much better.


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