Lentils are perfect for any meal. While you are brainstorming meal ideas for this week start with boiling a cup of lentils to include with whatever you decide. You won't regret it!
First, lentils are considered a super legume due to its high nutritional benefits. Here are just some of the nutritional details you can look forward to with lentils.
One cup of cooked lentils has about:
- 230 calories
- 18 grams of protein
- 15 grams of fiber
- 3.5 grams of sugar
- less than 1 gram fat
- 358 milligrams of folate (90 percent DV)
- 1 milligram of manganese (49 percent DV)
- 6.6 milligrams iron (37 percent DV)
- 356 milligrams of phosphorus (36 percent DV)
- 0.5 milligrams of copper (25 percent DV)
- 0.5 milligrams of thiamine (22 percent DV)
- 731 milligrams of potassium (21 percent DV)
- 71 milligrams magnesium (18 percent DV)
- 0.4 milligrams of vitamin B6 (18 percent DV)
- 2.5 milligrams of zinc (17 percent DV)
- 1.3 milligrams of vitamin B5/pantothenic acid (13 percent DV)
Whether it is as a side dish or the main portion of the meal, lentils are that one thing that you won't mind adding to any favorite dish.
Here are some additional reasons why lentils are perfect for any meal.
They Stretch Your Meal
If you use meat substitutes like Gardein and other brands and would like to stretch those meals just add some lentils to it. When I'm making tacos and I'm using a meat substitute I often add lentils, but I also use it for spaghetti and even nachos. By making one cup of lentils in the week you can have several meals that include a great source of natural protein.
You can get lentils for dirt cheap. A bag of dry lentils will only cost you a few dollars and they go really far. With the going price of less than $3 for a bag of organic lentils, you are spending way less than you would for any other protein source. You can't even get good meat for that cheap. So economically they are a great source of healthy protein and dietary fiber. You're definitely not getting fiber in your cuts of meat like you would from lentils either.
They can literally take on any flavor that you cook them in. They're are also so many options. I prefer brown and green because when cooked they remain tender. Red lentils cook down really well and much faster.
Below are just several of the types of lentils that are available to you.
Here's some of the meals I've added lentils to.
Nachos - I added lentils to my vegan version of rotel and it was amazing!
Spaghetti Squash - Add lentils to the spaghetti mixture that you prepare.
Lasagna - I made a delicious vegan lasagna and decided not to add any meat substitutes and the lentils provided a great texture to it.
Try if for yourself! Don't be afraid to expand your options. Lentils are the one legume with a ton of benefits but it is rarely used in America as it is in other countries, but it definitely should be.
Lentils are perfect for any meal.