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.

Lentils are fairly bland tasting on their own but will take on the flavor profile of any dish they are added to. They can be thrown into soups, stews, casseroles and salads. If I do precook them, I usually boil them in chicken or vegetable broth to add flavor. My husband who doesn’t necessarily like beans…if you know what I mean…can handle lentils just fine. **
One of my favorite ways to cook lentils can be found here:

Snobby Joes
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