Lentils are so underrated! For roughly 100 calories and 10 grams of protein per 1/2 cup cooked serving, these legumes are packed with nutrition. Not only do they dispel the myth that plants can’t be good protein sources, they are also rich in dietary fiber (8 grams per 1/2 cup cooked), folate, thiamine and iron. They originated in India and come in many varieties; brown, red, green and black being the most common. In general lentils don’t need to be soaked prior to cooking and only take about 20 minutes to cook.
These are a great alternative to a meat and calorie heavy dish. They will be satisfying due to the protein and fiber content but low in calories. The nutrition facts are included with the recipe (which does not include a bun). Enjoy!
**It’s probably a good thing my husband doesn’t regularly read this blog. 🙂
Emily Fonnesbeck RD,CD