Lentils are kind of underrated, no?
They sort of get a bad rap for not being delicious. I don't know many people that are like, I looooove lentils, but I am starting to really get a soft spot for them.
I mean, that curried lentil soup I made last week on Instagram Live was so good I seriously made it 5 times in about 8 days and I made it for the dinner I co-hosted with Kitchen Table App, too.
High in magnesium and folate, these guys are heart healthy supporting blood flow, moving oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Folate is super important for pregnant ladies because it supports brain development in babies. And they are really high in protien for a plant based food and high in fiber so they are great for digestion, energy, balanced blood sugar and support a healthy weight. They help keep cravings for sugar low as well.
Plus they are freaking cheap. Like dirt cheap.
If you are on a budget skip the pasta and opt for the immensely healthier option of lentils. Just an idea.
This lentil salad comes together in like 5 minutes, maybe 10 depending on your knife skills, thanks to the pre-made box of steamed lentils at Trader Joes. If you do not have a Trader Joes near you and have to cook these from scratch then it could take about 40 minutes give or take to boil them. Hopefully you are near a Trader Joes. (insert hands raised, shurgged sholder emoji)
If you are looking for a healthy, high protien snack that is packed full of nutrition and flavor then look no further.
Seriously this is really good, refreshing, perfect potlucks, lunchs or a quick snack. Keeps well for days in the fridge. Bonus.
Easy Lentil Salad
Serves 4 | Prep 5 minutes
1 500g-box of precook lentils from traders joes (or two cups black lentils cooked)
1 shallot, peeled and diced
3/4 cup fresh parsley, fine chop
2 heirloom carrots, peeled and diced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup (more or less to taste)
pink salt, to taste (I probably used about 1/2 tsp)
Open the package of lentils and transfer to a large bowl. Prep all ingredients as stated above, add to the bowl and toss to combine. Taste test to see if you need or want to add anymore of a specific ingredient.