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Why We Love Lentils (and you should too)

Let’s face it, lentils don’t really make anyone jump up and down and yell “lentils, lentils, hooray for lentils”. 

Now you might be asking yourself if there are any foods that really do make you jump and yell? If you’re asking yourself this question, you’ve never been at our house on pizza night. Pizza makes us wanna jump, jump (where my 90’s teens at?).

In all honesty, lentils are just not an exciting food. They are like the beige mini van of foods, kinda plain but super functional. However, we’ve been eating them for years and have found that they actually are pretty darn awesome.

Flavor

You definitely have to jazz them up. I don’t know many people that can just eat a bowl full of plain old lentils.  The great thing about these little legumes though is that they are so versatile that you can use them in a variety of dishes. Some great uses include:

  • Steamed with a poached egg on top for breakfast
  • Adding to salads for lunch
  • Served on toast with tomato bruscshetta
  • Mixed with caramelized onions
  • Added to soups and stews

Nutrition

These babies pack a lot of punch. They are low in calorie, low in fat, high in protein and high in dietary fiber. This makes them great for your heart health and blood sugar regulation. During both of my pregnancies I had gestational diabetes. Lentils were one of the only source of carbohydrates that I could eat without my blood sugars spiking thru the roof.

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I’ve shared one of my favorite recipes below…Lentils with Curry & Caramelized Onions! So good and full of flavor. The best part is it’s really simple to make.

curry and onion lentils recipe

 

I also posted a great recipe yesterday for this French Lentil Stew with Mushrooms & Spinach. Are you a lentil fan? Have any great recipes to share?

Lentils with Curry & Caramelized Onions

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups lentils (I used pre-cooked lentils from the store)
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons yellow curry powder
  • salt and pepper

Method

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan on stove, over medium heat
  2. Add curry powder and stir until combined with olive oil
  3. Add sliced onion and season with pinch of salt and pepper
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and sauté onion until caramelized, approximately 20 minutes
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the lentils. If using pre-cooked lentils, heat in microwave until warm
  6. If using dried lentils, prepare according to instructions on package (usually in boiling water or broth)
  7. Once onions are done, add to a bowl and combine with cooked lentils

Additional Info

I typically use pre-cooked lentils found in the refrigerated produce aisle at my grocery store If using dried lentils, prepare according to package instructions

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