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i love lentils by geninne

lentils. delicious, nutritious and oh, so colorful! lentils are extremely rich in fiber, folate, magnesium and lean protein. not only are they a great source for cholesterol-lowering fiber, but they also help in managing blood sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too quickly after a meal. they are also an excellent source of thiamine, vitamin b-6 and six important minerals. with 17 grams of lean protein in just one cup, 90% of our daily recommendation for folate and virtually no fat, lentils may just be the perfect addition to your meal!

how to cook: black and green lentils keep their shape better when cooked; red and yellow lentils cook faster and break down more. to cook, give them a thorough rinse and put in a pot with one part lentils to two parts water (you can also add in a chopped onion, bay leaf, garlic or carrot if you like!). bring to a boil, then simmer until tender 20-40 minutes (depending on variety). below are a few of my favorite lentil recipes, do you have any you would like to share?

a few favorite lentil recipes:

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  • i love lentils, too! they are so nutritious and so versatile! we like to just cook a big batch at the beginning of the week and add them into whatever we make throughout the week for extra protein.

    p.s. i’m a new-ish reader to your site and am loving it! my husband and i just went plant-based/vegan last summer, so i really love all of your resources and recipes that you post. thank you! xo, hollyanne

  • I love this post! I have bags of lentils in my cupboard that I haven’t done anything with but make lentil soup. Lemon lentils was next on my list, but I’ll have to try one of these, too.