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Recipes that pack a protein punch

In case you’re stuck for recipes, here are some fail-safe favourites to add to your repertoire. If you are looking to boost your protein, this tabouleh should tick all the right boxes. Or you can go old school and whip up some burgers. Happy cooking and eating!

recipes: This tabouleh is healthy and simple to make
This tabouleh is healthy and simple to make

Recipes: Protein-packed Quinoa Lentil Tabouleh

Serves 3 to 4

“Give your tabouleh a protein upgrade with quinoa and lentils! Beautifully fresh, tangy and savoury, it is the perfect dish to fuel your energy”

– Diandra Cappelut, Marketing Executive at Superlife Co. Indonesian

Ingredients for dressing:

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Ingredients for salad:

  • 2½ cups cooked Superlife Co. white quinoa
  • 1 can lentils, drained
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and cubed
  • 350g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 stalks scallions, chopped
  • ½ cup mint, chopped
  • ²/ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped


1. Mix all of the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.

2. Mix all of the salad ingredients together in a big bowl.

3. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix everything together!

recipes: Spices will make the meat in a burger sing
Spices will make the meat in a burger sing

Recipes: Desi Burger

“Desi is the colloquial term for Indian. Of course there is absolutely nothing Indian about a burger, but you can ‘desi-fy’ anything with the addition of spices, fresh coriander, and onion. I know many of you will think, ‘Why mess with a good thing?’ but trust me (and especially when it comes to ground lamb), spices make the meat sing and you will be rewarded with loud praises and happy groans.”

– Namita Moolani Mehra, Author of Cooking with Indian Spicebox Indian


  • 2 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • ½ inch piece whole cinnamon
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 500g lamb, ground or minced (alternatively you can use beef or chicken)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander
  • ½ cup (50g) bread crumbs
  • 4 burger buns
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup coriander chutney (Cooking with Indian Spicebox has a great chutney recipe!)
  • Additional condiments and toppings: hot sauce, ketchup, onions, lettuce, tomato slices


1. In a frying pan, heat one tablespoon of the oil, and add the cardamom and cinnamon. Then add the chopped onions, and gently sauté until the onions are a light golden brown. Set aside to cool. Discard the cardamom and cinnamon pieces.

2. Put the ground lamb into a bowl, and add the browned onions, egg, salt, coriander power, chilli powder, cumin, fresh coriander and bread crumbs.

3. Mix well, then shape the meat mixture into flat patties. The size and thickness is your choice.

4. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a pan (you can use the same pan you used to sauté the onion) on a medium-high flame, and cook the meat patties, flipping after a few minutes on each side. After the outsides are brown, lower the heat to cook the meat through. The doneness is up to you!

5. Set the patties on a paper towel to soak up any extra grease. Let them sit for a few minutes.

6. Mix the mayo and chutney in a small bowl.

7. Slice, butter (if you wish) and very lightly toast the buns. Then spread the mayo-chutney sauce on both inner sides of the buns, and add the patty plus any additional preferred toppings.

Tip: If you don’t have breadcrumbs at home or don’t want to use store-bought crumbs, simply toast a slice or two of bread. Let the toast cool and, using the finest side of a grater, grate the toast into breadcrumbs – or you could just break the toast into smaller pieces and run them through your food processor.

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