Lentils are often called "the poor ones meat". Why? Answer is simple: Lentils are rich in protein, with over 25% of lentils nutritional value being protein. This is what makes lentils the most popular and inexpensive source for protein, especially for those, who cannot afford meat and for vegetarians. And yet another benefit of lentils: Lentils fiber content may also prevents the sudden hike in blood sugar levels after a meal.
But there is nothing poor about lentils.They are versatile as a cooking ingredient for you can make a soup, a casserole, or even meatballs with them. They are rich in taste: they have that pleasant nutty taste, and become creamy and soft when cooked. So for those with heath resolutions for the new upcoming year, I would definitely recommend more lentils on their plates.
RICE&LENTILS (feeds 5)
While the lentils are cooking, wash the rice well to remove some extra starch and soak it in lukewarm water for 15 – 20 minutes.
Fluff the rice with a fork and pour over 2 tbsp onion infused olive oil and serve heavily topped with golden brown onions with a side of salad and plain Greek yogurt.