Re-Discovering Lentils

Some of you may remember the first time I bought lentils. I documented it here on the blog and it was a hot mess. I had no idea what I was doing.

But as part of my end of 2013 list of things to do, I included- eat more lentils. I found a plethora of recipes that looked wicked good and all required lentils, so I decided that this fall/winter, as a way to experiment with different foods, that I would tackle lentils.

Lentils are high in fiber, they’re good for sensitive digestive systems, they aid in having a healthy heart, they stabilize your blood sugar, and they’re high in protein, zinc, magnesium, iron, and antioxidants.

Basically what I’m trying to say here is that lentils are great for you.

They’re also a common ingredient in a lot of sephardic recipes- which you know I’ve been totally into lately. But I digress.

Anyway, lucky for me, Trader Joes is on my side to help make cooking with lentils extremely easy. They sell these packages which contain five 1/2 cup servings of ready to eat lentils. Perfect for this guy right here. Especially because I’ve been more pressed for time than usual these days.

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As soon as I saw this recipe for a warm green lentil salad with caramelized onions, pears, and feta- I knew I needed it in my life. This recipe was my dinner on Monday and has been my lunch for the rest of the week.P1020810

On Saturday night, when I made caramelized onions for Will and I’s cheese board, I made lots extra to have on hand for this recipe. Also, when I cooked the chicken to add to our pasta on Sunday, I cooked up extra to add to this recipe for more protein.P1020837

With the onions, lentils, and chicken already cooked, all I had to do was combine the lentils, onions, chicken, sliced pear, and feta. I heated this mix up in the microwave for a minute. I drizzled some e.v.o.o. and red wine vinegar over the mix and threw this over a bed of greens. And I served it up with some whole grain pita.P1020836P1020838P1020839P1020840P1020841

Om. nom. nom.

Lentils and I are making progress. I wouldn’t call it love. But we’re getting there.

Keep it wicked healthy xoxo

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