by Christel Swasey
Lentils intimidate some of us. (I thought I was supposed to rinse them multiple times, let them soak for days, serve them only in India, or keep them safely repressed in the food storage area of the basement.)
Nope. Lentils, I have learned, should be raised from their unfortunate low spot on the totem pole of first-choice things we want to eat for lunch.
Why? Because lentils are fantastic. They are mild and versatile, filling, easy to use, inexpensive, and healthy– they’re loaded with protein, iron, zinc, and biotin.
There are different types of legumes that go by the name of lentils: there are brown/Spanish lentils, petite golden lentils, French/green lentils, small, medium, and large green lentils, black/Beluga lentils, yellow/tan lentils, red lentils, Macachiados (big Mexican yellow lentils) –and the list goes on.
The best news is that lentils are so easy to cook! Unlike other legumes, there’s no soaking, no boiling, and no long prep times required.
Just simmer lentils for 15 minutes– that’s the whole uncomplicated recipe for basic lentils. And you are done: they’re ready to eat.
Lentils are legendary for versatility. They can star in anyting from facial scrubs to meat-less meatloaf to coconut soup to lentil cookies.
These yummy little pleasers are one of the most healthy diet choices on planet earth. They’re totally fat free, totally cholesterol-free, extremely high in fiber and high in protein. (10 grams per 1/4 cup serving). Amazing little pods!
So, here you go: fifty ways to love your lentils
- Lentil Cookies http://saffroncrush.com/lentil-cookies/
- Lentil Burgers http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/lentil-burger
- Lentil Soup http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Recipes/story?id=7039586
- Lentil Loaf http://www.leftoverqueen.com/2010/02/08/recipe-wholesome-lentil-loaf
- Lentil and Quinoa Soup: http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/vegetarian-recipes/crockpot-quinoa-red-lentil-stew.php
- Pumpkin Lentil Muffins: http://www.pure2raw.com/2011/11/socca-pumpkin-lentil-muffins/
- Lentil Feta Salad http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/lentil-salad-with-feta-cheese-10000000665493/
- Lamb and Lentil Cobbler http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/lambandlentilcobbler_85791
- Lentils and Fennel with Sausage: http://www.diningchicago.com/blog/2011/02/16/eat-this-lentils-a-prehistoric-foodstuff/
- Lentil Curry http://allrecipes.com/recipe/red-lentil-curry/
- Salmon with Lentils http://www.epicurious.com/tools/searchresults?search=lentils
- Cod with Lentils http://www.epicurious.com/tools/searchresults?search=lentils
- Green Lentil Rice http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Rice-with-Green-Lentils-Raisins-and-Dates-366172
- Minty Orzo Lentils http://allrecipes.com/recipe/minty-orzo-lentil-and-feta-salad/
- Lentil and Bacon soup: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/01/dinner-tonight-lentil-and-bacon-soup-recipe.html
- Smoked Cheddar and Lentil Burgers http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000000457217,00.html
- Walnut Lentil Patties http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lentil-cakes-patties/
- Lentil Pudding http://www.spicytasty.com/indian-sweets/moong-dal-payasam-kheer-lentil-pudding/
- Red Lentil Balls http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/redlentilballs_2403
- Lentil Butter http://www.foodreference.com/html/adas-careh.html
- Pakistani Curry http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pakistani-lentil-curry/
- Cucumber Yogurt Curry http://indian.food.com/recipe/chicken-and-lentil-curry-with-cucumber-yogurt-290586
- Lentil Spread http://www.thefastertimes.com/recipes/2010/11/18/recipe-stolen-lentil-spread-revenge-is-sweet/
- Roasted Squash and Lentil Spread http://fatfreevegan.com/blog/2011/12/08/roasted-squash-red-lentil-spread/
- Indian Crabcake on Lentil Dal http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/indiancrabcakeonlent_91052
- Red Lentil Pate http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/red_lentil_pt_54625
- Black Lentil Salad http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/01/lentil-recipes_n_1070678.html#s448503&title=Black_Lentil_And
- Lentil Shepherd’s Pie http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/lentilshepherdspiewi_93532
- Tandoori Chicken With Lentil Salad http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/tandoori_chicken_with_45215
- Spinach and Lentil Broth http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/spinachandlentilbrot_83507
- Lentil Chili Salad http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/01/lentil-recipes_n_1070678.html#s448511&title=Lentil_Cilantro_And
- Lentil Coconut Soup http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/lentilcoconutandwilt_72715
- Sweet Potato and Lentil Pizza http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-and-curried-red-lentil-pizza/
- Red Lentil Bread http://www.breadexperience.com/321-red-lentil-bread.html
- Lentil Asparagus Soup http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-lentil-soup-with-asparagus-tips/
- Lentil fry bread http://indianfood.about.com/od/breadrecipes/r/daalpoori.htm
- Lentil Flatbread http://naturalnoshing.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/lentils-bread/
- Meatless Lentil Meatloaf http://www.food.com/recipe/really-good-vegetarian-meatloaf-really-33921
- Lentil Baby Cereal http://www.netplaces.com/cooking-for-baby-toddlers/1218-months/rice-lentil-cereal.htm
- Acne Scar Removal Paste with Orange Lentils http://www.manjusbp.com/beauty-tip
- Peppermint Lentil Cake http://bakingdevils.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/jennys-chocolate-peppermint-cake-with-a-lentil-difference-2/
- Lentil Juggling Balls and Stress Balls http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/seedsbeansartscraftsideasprojectskids.html
- Lentil Crafty Picture Frames http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-lentil-frames.html
- Lentils as Preschool Toys http://blog.gummylump.com/2011/03/colored-lentils-kids-crafts-project-69.html
- Gift Jar With Pretty Stacked Lentil Layers http://www.foodnetwork.com/holidays-and-parties/sealed-delivered-recipes-in-a-jar/index.html
- Fresh Sprouted Lentils http://www.ehow.com/how_4430691_sprout-lentils.html
- Moist Cocoa Lentil Cake http://positivelyprepared.blogspot.com/2009/06/moist-cocoa-lentil-cake.html
- Southwest Lentil Cakes With Creamy Lime Dressing http://www.wearenotmartha.com/2010/08/southwest-lentil-cakes-with-creamy-lime-dressing/
- Bengali Dhoka Lentil Cakes http://www.bongcookbook.com/2010/02/dhokar-dalna-lesson-in-lentil-cakes.html
- Dairy Free Lentil Quiche http://bakingdevils.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/jennys-chocolate-peppermint-cake-with-a-lentil-difference-2/
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