You’d Be Crazy Not to Have this Superfood In Your Pantry

superfoodAre you eating lentils and feeding them to your family? No? You really should.

I have always been a bean/lentil fanatic. As a child I loved beans. All beans. I could have eaten beans every single day. This is how much I loved beans. superfoodI still love beans (as do my kids), but lately, I’ve reached for lentils. If I had to pick, I’d say lentil soup is one of my favorite meals. I usually make a giant pot, which lasts us for two or three days. The soup is warm, filling and delicious; and good for you.

superfoodSince I love lentils and beans so much, I decided to do some research. Turns out, they are a superfood. Let’s focus on lentils.

Here’s what lentils deliver.
  • Like beans, lentils are high in fiber and protein (8 grams and 9 grams per half cup, respectively), which makes them great for your heart.
  • Lentils are one of the best sources of plant-based iron. About 36% of the recommended iron value per day can come from eating just one cup of lentils.
  • Lentils are full of folate and other essential vitamins.
  • Lentils help reduce high cholesterol since they contain high levels of soluble fiber.
  • Lentils help prevent constipation and other digestive disorders.
  • Lentils are super filling, helping make meals satiating for longer.
  • Lentils increase energy due to its fiber and complex carbs.
  • Lentils are low in calories and contain virtually no fat.
  • Unlike beans, lentils  cook up in only 20 to 30 minutes and don’t need to be pre-soaked.
  • Lentils are among the cheapest sources of protein you’ll find, and they never spoil. ($1.49/bag).
  • Lentils taste delicious.

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    Easy thick & hearty lentil soup

 

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Here’s my super easy  lentil soup recipe. When I was a kid,  both my grandma and mom used to make a similar soup. It’s thick and hearty – Perfect on a cold winter day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 potatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt, pepper
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes (chicken stock is great; I just never have any on hand)
  • 1 cups lentils
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tbsp flour (to thicken the soup)
  • handful or two of spinach

 

Directions:

1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat.

2. Add onions, carrots; cook and stir until onion is tender.

3. Stir in lentils, potatoes and sprinkle with flour.

4. Add water and tomato sauce. Add bouillon cubes, salt, pepper, oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

5. Add spinach.

 

After Christmas, I added  leftover ham to the soup. So good. Germans also like to add one or two tablespoons of vinegar. It’s optional.

2 thoughts on “You’d Be Crazy Not to Have this Superfood In Your Pantry

  1. This came out delicious. I was looking for a lentil recipe to use up what I had in the pantry….we are on a no spend grocery shopping month and I vowed to use up what we have instead of buying. My kids had two bowls full…..so please take that as a compliment….thank you for the recipe. It smelled amazing.

    1. Samantha, you just made my day. Thank you! I’m always so happy when my readers try and like my recipes and DIY projects.Your comment means a lot to me. I love a “no spend grocery shopping month” and using up everything you have. So smart and thrifty! Thank you for reading :).

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