Straight from the Can: Quick Meals

Four super-nutritious, convenient meals you can whip up in under 20 minutes

by Ruth Emmett

lentil and spinach curry
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Lentil and Spinach Curry

Make it!

1 Fry a chopped red onion in oil until soft, add two crushed garlic cloves and fry for another minute.

2 Stir in two tablespoons of Balti curry paste and fry for one minute.

3 Add one 400g tin of tomatoes, 150ml of stock and a 410g can of green lentils; simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in 400g of canned spinach and heat through.

The Healthy

Lycopene, which gives tomatoes their colour, reduces oxidative muscle damage in runners.

Swedish researchers found that nitrates in leafy greens such as spinach improve how efficiently muscle cells use oxygen during exercise.

Lentils have 19 per cent of your iron RDA per 100g, "a mineral needed to carry oxygen to muscles", says sports dietitian Tara Gidus.

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