I love lentils! They’re so versatile and can easily take on a whole range of flavours. In this weeks blog post I thought I’d share with you 3 Of My Favourite Lentil Weeknight Dinner Recipes (so far!).
Did you know that lentils are members of the legume family and are cholesterol free, high in fiber, and low in fat? They’re a great source of fibre as well. You can read more about why you need to eat at least 40g of fibre a day here.
There are over 10 different types including Brown/Spanish pardina, French green/puy lentils (dark speckled blue-green), Green, Black/beluga, Yellow/tan lentils (red inside), Red Chief (decorticated yellow lentils), Eston Green (Small green), Richlea (medium green), Laird (large green), Petite Golden (decorticated lentils), Masoor (brown-skinned lentils which are orange inside), Petite crimson/red (decorticated masoor lentils) and Macachiados (big Mexican yellow lentils).
But what ones are the healthiest? It turns out that red lentils come out top with regards to protein, iron, zinc, and folate, easily beating the green and brown lentils.
Remember to add your favourite greens! Cavolo nero, Tenderstem broccoli, cabbage or cauliflower all go well with these lentil recipes.
I’d love to hear how you get on making them. Please leave me a comment below. Oh, and don’t forget to share this post with your friends and family. Thank you!
If you’re just starting out on your plant-based journey then the following articles will help you.
How to get started on your plant-based journey to learn about the power plate. It was developed by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and provides optimal health for you and your family and is brilliantly flexible so you can eat in a way that suits your taste and lifestyle whilst getting all the nutrients you need.
If you’re struggling to eat more whole grains everyday, check out my five tips to help you here: How to easily eat more whole grains everyday
A typical food plan for the day may look like this:
Oatmeal/porridge for breakfast made with water or plant-based milks such as rice milk. Topped with fresh fruit such as sliced banana. Two slices of wholemeal toast, spread with 100% fruit jams. Read about my 7 of the best ever plant-based breakfasts
Water and/or tea or coffee, black or made with plant-based milks.
Mid morning snack of fruit, or read my post on 11 simple plant based snacks to enjoy at work
For an afternoon snack remember to check out my suggestions here: 11 simple plant based snacks to enjoy at work
Now it comes to dinner. What’s quick to make, nourishing and doesn’t cost the earth? Try some of my delicious dinner recipes.