- 1 1/2 cups of Lentils
- 4 cups of Vegetable stock or broth
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 small to medium onion
- 1/2 can petite diced tomatoes (with juice)
- 1 large carrot diced
- Olive Oil (or oil of choice), about 2 - 3 tbs
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Rinse lentils to be sure they are free of debris.
- Heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan.
- Saute the onions, garlic & carrots until softened
- Add vegetable stock, tomatoes & lentils
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Stir to incorporate and bring to a light boil
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 30 - 40 minutes until tender.
Here are 6 health benefits of lentils:
Studies have found that people who eat high fiber legumes like lentils have a much reduced risk of heart disease. The high levels of folate and magnesium in lentils also go a long way in protecting the heart.
Stabilize Blood Sugar
Due to their high fiber content, lentils help in regulating blood sugar by providing steady, slow-burning energy and balancing blood sugar levels.
Lentils are loaded with iron and are a great way to replenish the body's iron stores, especially for people who don't eat red meat like vegans and vegetarians.
Lentils are a great source of B vitamins, most notably folate and niacin (B3). B vitamins are important for the healthy functioning of the nervous, digestive, and immune systems.
Lentils are a great cholesterol lowering food due to their high levels of fiber.
Protein makes up 26% of the calories in lentils and they have the third highest level of protein than any other plant food. It's no wonder that they're a staple in many parts of the world.
Source - Health Diaries