Red lentils are the softer, sweeter lentil variety. While they are the quickest to prepare and cook, red lentils still boast all the health benefits. They're a great source of resistant starch, making them a good choice when trying to balance blood sugars, and prebiotics that feed gut flora to keep your digestive system healthy. The 5 recipes below will give you new ideas of how to add red lentils to your diet.
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Make it a Full Plate Meal: Enjoy your lentils with poached eggs for breakfast. Add 2 cups of fresh chopped spinach for more fiber.
75% fiber foods – onions, red lentils, diced tomatoes, fresh parsley, spinach
25% foods – egg
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Serve 2 tacos with a side of avocado salsa and corn on the cob.
75% fiber foods – onions, green pepper, garlic, lentils, lettuce, salsa, cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, avocado, jalapeños, cilantro
25% foods – whole wheat tortillas, cheese
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Serve a generous bowl of this soup for a light supper. Cold cantaloupe would make a refreshing dessert.
75% fiber foods – red lentils, onion, garlic, tomato, carrot, spinach, fresh cilantro, cantaloupe
25% foods – olive oil
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Plate with whole wheat pasta. Steamed broccoli and a large tossed salad would finish the meal off nicely. If you're trying to control blood sugar, use spaghetti squash instead of the pasta.
75% fiber foods – onions, garlic, tomato paste, red lentils, crushed tomatoes, fresh basil/fresh parsley, spaghetti squash, broccoli, salad
25% foods – whole wheat pasta, walnuts, cooking wine, olive oil
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Serve your porridge as directed in the recipe.
75% fiber foods – lentils, rolled oats, frozen peas
25% foods – nutritional yeast flakes