All about lentils: types, benefits, how to cook and a recipe!

All about lentils: types, benefits, how to cook and a recipe!

Lentils are often ignored and overlooked. But they are a fantastic and inexpensive way to load up on a variety of nutrients. 

Lentils are a super versatile legume that can be served as a starter, main course and even dessert. They are sometimes overlooked but they are an amazing source of nutrients. See what its benefits are!

Lentils are a super versatile legume.

Benefits 

Lentils are packed with B vitamins, magnesium, zinc and potassium. They are also made up of over 25 % protein, making them a fabulous alternative for vegetarians and vegans. But that's not all. Lentils are an excellent source of iron as well, a mineral lacking in many vegetarian's diets. There are several types of lentils and they are all super tasty!

There are several types of lentils and they are all super tasty!

Types

 Some of the common varieties are:

Each lentil type has its own unique composition of antioxidants and phytochemicals, so it's always a good idea to try them all. 

Cooking

Lentils are easy to cook, as they don’t require any prior soaking and can be cooked in 15-20 minutes.

Method:

  1. As with beans and grains, it's a good idea to rinse them before cooking to eliminate impurities.
  2. Then just place them in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil.
  3. Leave to simmer uncovered and enjoy -We like to use the stock for cooking split lentils as this will give them a richer flavour. 

Lentils are not just for colder months though. They can be enjoyed in a salad for a protein kick or our delicious lentil tacos!

This recipe is very rich in fiber, protein, vegetable iron, vitamin C, potassium and good fats for the body. In addition to being very easy to make, it is a perfect summer lunch or dinner.

If you are vegan, celiac or simply want to jazz up a healthy meal, try this recipe. It’s low-calorie recipe, easy to make and won’t let you down.

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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