by Deb Keller
I’ve always liked lentils, but it wasn’t until I started looking at the nutrition information on the package that I began to LOVE them.
Consider: 1 cup of cooked lentils gives you a whopping 18 grams of protein, or 36% of your daily needs.
But it gets better. It’s a little tough to get sufficient iron in your diet, and with a cup of cooked lentils, you get 37% of your requirement. Dietary fiber? No problem. A cup of lentils supplies 67% of your daily needs.
Like all beans, lentils have a low glycemic index of 13, so they’re good if you’re watching blood sugar.
And you get all of this for only about 50 cents.
Ava’s carries Natural Directions Organic lentils and Bob’s Red Mill red lentils. The orange smaller ones cook down into sort of like a yellow mush. For ready-made lentils, try Amy’s Lentil Soup, Natural Directions Organics, or Westbrae Organics, and Progresso Lentils.
Lentils are super easy to make. I usually saute an onion until translucent, add lentils and water or stock and boil for 20 minutes. Skim off any foam, and then add a can of tomatoes and spices. I put cumin in everything. Curry is great too. Top with Straus whole milk yogurt (or for a real treat try the Crème fraîche from Ava’s) and chopped cilantro. Pair the soup with some Hamati’s whole wheat pita bread from Ava’s.
Let’s hear what your favorite lentil recipes are.
Source for nutrition facts.