RECIPES

TANGY SWEET LENTILS

Sometimes you  just don’t feel like too much fuss for dinner. I’m all about little fuss, yummy flavors, and satisfied tummies :). Of course I am always looking for healthy nourishing options that I can add to my families rotation. I am the type of person that could eat just about the same thing every day, but my family does not get that gene from their momma. They like variety and honestly variety is HEALTHY! It gives our bodies the chance to get all those vitamins, minerals and flora through a colorful rainbow pantry. So lets talk about the beautiful orangy hew of red lentils!

I love Red lentils and I can already see some of you squirming in anticipation of a gassy tummy. If this is the case for you, there are things you can do to reduce or eliminate this uncomfortable side-effect. Soaking or sprouting the lentils (or beans) well help tremendously in this arena. And Just remember, if beans and lentils are not part of your weekly eats (as well as vegetables) then you are more likely to feel the discomforts of them when they are consumed. If they are a regular part of your diet your body often adapts to eating the noisy fair *wink.  A little food science into what can cause this boisterous buildup… the blame lies in the “FODMAPs”, short chain carbohydrates that can be poorly absorbed in the small intestine. Spouting neutralizes Phytic acid irritant by starting the germination process thus changing the lentil composition into a readily digestible morsel. Essentially its the sugar that is causing the issues but, we wont linger here so long because I don’t want to scare you off of an amazing meal and addition to your diet!

Here is my spotlight on the LENTIL SUPER FOOD. They are an excellent source of molybdenum, folate and contain dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron, protein, zinc, potassium, B vitamins… really do I have to go on…

Without further adieu…

 

  • TANGY SWEET LENTILS
    INGREDIENTS
    prep time/total time: 5 min, yields 2 cups
    • 1½ cups of  bone broth (*or water, chicken stock)
    • 3/4 cup Red Lentils (rinsed)
    • 1 tsp raw honey
    • 2 Tbs coconut aminos (or tamari, soy sauce)
    • 1 Tbs olive oil
    • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (or to taste* we enjoy a little extra)
    • 1 medium shallot minced (or 2 tsp powdered onion)
    • 2 cloves of minced garlic
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • pinch of salt (*to taste)
    INSTRUCTIONS
    1. WAIT FOR IT…It’s difficult.. throw it all in a pan on high till boiling, turn down to low and simmer until done. 15 min or so. DELISH
    NOTES
    *Eat it as a side, over spinach, or whatever floats your boat. We loved it over finely chopped kale!
    This is a recipe that I adapted from www.buzzfeed.com

1 thought on “TANGY SWEET LENTILS”

  1. Yum!! I love red lentils. Thanks for the new recipe to help me mix it up a little! Never thought of putting it over cooked spinach or kale. Can’t wait to try this!

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