3 ways to add lentils to your diet

3 healthy ways to add lentils to your diet and get all the benefits

When we think of lentils, we usually imagine a stew. But there are more ways of incorporating this healthy ingredient into our diet.   

Lentils have a great advantage in that they do not need to be pre-soaked, so they are easier and quicker to cook, although with 2 or 3 hours of soaking we can reduce the cooking time even further. 

Some simple ways of adding lentils into our diet are:

1. Make some Burgers

1. Make some Burgers

They can be combined with different vegetables.


  1. First, cook the lentils, drain them and mash them with a fork or in a blender until you get a puree.
  2. Sautee some garlic and chopped onion in olive oil or just water, add to the lentil mash. You can also add egg or chia seeds if you're plant-based to the mixture so that the burgers hold better when cooked. 
  3. Add salt, pepper, and spices to taste. 
  4. Form little burgers with your hands and place in a fridge or freezer for a couple of hours. Then bake or fry. 
  5. Enjoy with a salad or some delicious chips. 

2. Croquettes

Combine perfectly with vegetables


  1. As in the previous preparation, you have to mash lentils and mix them with vegetables: onion, pepper, grated carrot, leek, etc. Add an egg (flax egg or chia seeds) and a little flour.
  2. Take the mixture to the fridge, then make little lentil balls by hand.
  3. Coat them in some breadcrumbs mixed with black sesame seeds and cook them in a very hot non-stick frying pan. They can also be fried.

3. Salads

Lentils go well with salads

Lentils go very well with all kinds of vegetables. You can mix 1/4 cup of cooked lentils with a salad of choice or top a toast with spiced lentils. 

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Peter O Brien

Peter started out his professional life as a restaurant critic but ended up moving to the kitchen, realizing that his passion didn’t only lie in tasting the food, but MAKING it. Follow his delicious recipes, as well as useful articles about the many benefits healthy and delicious food will bring to your life.+ info

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