Not many of you guys know this but I used to be pretty overweight. I didn't love anything about myself and was on the border of a serious mental breakdown. I had to get onto meds to feel better and to realize that I had all the power to change.
Nevertheless I understand how anxiety and the fear to be judged when entering a gym can persuade you of not going there. I had to go through that for a long long time before finally overcoming it, even if as of today, the fear and the anxiety are still parts of my daily life, but on a much safer basis.
Back in 2010, after putting on a lot of weight, I finally got to the point where my IMB reached 30, which made me, according to this whole stupid thing, obese. That's where I got the the point where I decided to change, first by doing sports but second by changing my alimentation, which is the point in these threads you'll be seeing in the next weeks/months.
Today -well the last time I checked- , my IBM was of 24.2. That was about 4 months ago. I probably gained a bit of weight from the summer, but I've learned not to care much because not only sports can help you keep a healthy weight. Of course it helps, but I understand that as a student or a full-time worker and despise what all the fucking trainers say, sometimes you just can't find the time, the motivation or the courage to do it.
That happens to almost everyone including myself. It took me 3 years to overcome the feat of the gym that I have and even today I'm still wondering if I'll sign up.
So that's why I'm focusing on the food you put in your body, as it is this one food that makes you gain weight. A regular diet without any excess won't make you gain weight, it might even help you lose some. I'm not telling you to stop eating, because that's not how it's done, but you can save precious calories with simple tricks and replacements. This is the whole point of those threads I'll be making.
Another small touch is the fact that all the recipe I'm proposing to you are cheap. They probably won't cost more than $10 to make and that is for more than 2 portions. I'm a student too and I know how hard it is to be cheap because you need to, not because you want. I'd love to buy those fancy cheeses and stuff, but I can't, and it's not such a bad thing.
Enough small talk, let's get to the real business. The first recipe of Maths cheap, healthy and quick dinner for you.
THE AMAZING LENTIL'S SHEPERD'S PIE.
Picture from the original website. I can guarantee that it looks just like that, though.
This requires a square, circular or rectangular oven-proof dish. If you don't have one, you can easily use an aluminium plate that you can buy at the store. It needs to be high enough, though. At least 3 inches.
My proportions are for a regular, 9 x 9 square dish. You'll have to add or take away some ingredients if yours is different!
You will need to followings ;
3-4 medium sized potatoes (ideal size is bigger than the palm of your hand but smaller than your fist)
2-3 big carrots (not that you can take away one potato and add 2 carrots, for an even healthier dish)
Half of a medium-sized onion.
1 Green Pepperbell (You're welcome to use another colour, but note that the green ones are the less expensive)
1 18 ounces can of brown lentils.
1 9 ounces can of cream corn. (I recommend using half cream corn and half corn kernels, since it'll get pretty liquid if only using the cream one)
Salt and Pepper
A dash of milk
Seasoning of your choice (spices, condensed chicken or beef broth, etc.)
Lowered fat butter or margarine.
Pour some water in a saucepan, add salt. While the water boils, peel the potatoes and carrots. Feel free to cut them in smaller pieces to reduce the cooking time. When the water is boiling, carefully add the vegetables.
2. While watching for your potatoes and carrots, start chopping the onion. If you have a food processor, feel free to randomly cut the onion and shove it in there until it's in small pieces. Put the onion in a bowl. Do the same process with the pepperbell. Put it away with the onion, in a round bowl. If the potatoes and carrots are ready, simply turn off the heat and wait a bit. Take a few sheets of towels and press out the liquid out of the onion and the pepperbell. Repeat until quite dry. Reserve.
3. Pour out the water of your potatoes and carrots. Using the same saucepan, mash them using around 1 tbsp of butter and a dash of milk. Add salt, pepper and if you have chives, you can add them too. Reserve. At this moment, feel free to pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
4. In a frying pan, melt down some butter so it can cover the surface. When hot, add your onion and pepperbell mixture. Mix up a bit. While it cooks, open your can of lentils. Rince them. Lower the heat if necessary. Add them to the mid-cooked onion and pepperbell. Add salt and pepper and if necessary, your own seasoning. I add condensed liquid beef broth. Cook on mid-high heat for around 3-4 minutes. While it's on the stove, take out your dish if not already done.
5. Turn off the heat and add a layer of the lentils preparation. Open the can of corn and add another layer. Finally, cover with your mashed potatoes and carrots. Be careful to not full the dish too much, as even with so little liquid, it will still boil and go straight up. It's best to leave around 2-3 centimeters of height after the potatoes layer.
6. Put in the oven for 15 minutes. When the time is up, put on broil for around 5-10 minutes or until a golden and crispy crust forms on the potatoes. Take out of the oven and eat!
This recipe is a lifesaver when it comes to months ending. When you're low on budget, this costs around $5 if you already have potatoes, carrots and onion. I do this recipe twice or three times a month and I don't even get bored. It's really versatile as you can easily change the taste of the lentils with various spices or other savour enhancers. To be honest, it really replaces meat easily and it's way more healthy.
its vegetarian too omg im showing this to my mom ily mathieu
Also, more vegan cheap meals please! I am not a student but I am a cheap ass and I have started to eat mostly vegan meals.
If the lentils are canned yes you can! Actually, any recipe that uses brown lentils can have them changed for green, and green for brown. They both do the same job and their taste is almost the same.
I'm cheap as fuck too, I'll send you a mail later with some easy, cheap recipes I do.
Gosh this looks so yums, have to try this with my sister. And congrats on the turnaround, I admire people with the willpower to change themselves which is quite fucking difficult.
I'm a nitpicky piece of shit, but it's BMI. My dad used tp work for IBM. plsdontpunchme
I love lentil soup and veggie lasagna/gratin so I must try this out has to be to my liking !