I recently had the opportunity to attend a cooking workshop for Registered Dietitians hosted by Canadian Lentils for Nutrition Month. It was great to spend the morning learning about and cooking with lentils.
Learning lentil recipes with Christine Farkas at Cirillo's Culinary Academy.
When most people think about lentils, they often think about lentil soup or daal. While I love my daal, this workshop introduced me to many unique ways to incorporate lentils into my diet.
Split red, whole green, beluga, and French greens. Which lentils have you tried and which are your favourite? I love split red lentils!
Nutritiously speaking, lentils are a great source of protein making it a good addition to your #MeatlessMonday. Some highlights are:
High in fibre
Low glycemic index (great for blood sugar control)
Good source of potassium, iron, manganese, and folate
Cooking lentils is as simple as 1-2-3. No overnight soaking required, just rinse, simmer, and serve! Click here to watch a quick video on how to cook lentils. You can also purchase canned lentils and rinse them to reduce the sodium content. Another option is to cook a big batch and freeze in 1 cup portions (which is what I will be doing!). Having cooked lentils on hand makes it quick and easy to add to any recipe.
Baked eggs with lentils, tomatoes, and peppers fresh out of the oven!
Plated and ready to eat!
If you thought lentils for breakfast was out of the box, wait until you hear about the next recipe: Coconut & Banana Bites! I usually make a batch of energy bites to have on hand throughout the week (check out my date balls recipe here), so it was great to learn how to incorporate lentils into my next batch of energy bites. These bites are great for a snack or even as dessert.
Coconut & Banana Bites - no one will guess the secret ingredient!
Lentils are a staple in most kitchens and now you can go beyond your basic lentil soup and experiment with this versatile ingredient!
You can also check out www.lentils.ca for more great recipes. How will you be cooking with lentils?
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