Lentils are a great source of fiber and are easy to cook on a low budget. A bag of lentils usually costs around $2 or less and makes a full pot which can be frozen in Tupperware to last a while. A great option if you don’t have the time to cook sides for dinner, simply thaw out the container and warm up your lentils. Besides being rich in fiber, they also provide lean protein, iron, folic acid, and vitamin E.They lower cholesterol, which keeping at a normal level helps in reducing the risk of heart attacks and problems. They can also be used to keep diabetes controlled, and are a great way to add veggies to your meal.
Here is a great recipe, which can be altered depending on your favorite vegetables and seasonings.
- 1 bag of lentils
- 1/2 -1 tomato
- 1/2 bell pepper
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 potato
- salt and pepper to taste
1. Rinse lentils and soak them for an hour. In the meantime wash and cut all the veggies you wish to add.
2. After the lentils are done soaking, rinse them with cool water. Place them back in your cooking pot and add hot water covering the lentils with about an extra inch of water. Cook over medium heat in a covered pot.
3. Check in them in about 20-30 minutes and add some salt and pepper. Cover them and allow them to continue cooking.
4. In another 10 minutes, add all the veggies and any other spices you’d like. Add more water, if you’d like them less watery don’t add as much water. This will make them less of a soup but just as good. Stir and cover. Check back on them a few times, until lentils and veggies are soft. Taste them to ensure the seasoning is to your liking.
5. Once fully cooked serve and enjoy! To keep lentils fresh longer, place in a few plastic containers and freeze.