Lentils are the perfect side to start the week with in your fridge. They are healthy, nutritious, and can be used as the foundation of many types of dishes. They can be served hot as a stewed option, they can be served chilled as a salad, or they can be mixed into a Mediterranean-like bowl. You could even use them as the base of a soup by simply adding stock!
Another thing we love about lentils are how comforting they are! We work this recipe onto our weekly meal-prep and highly encourage you do the same.
A lentil, which is actually a legume, is a type of plant that grows stems that contain pods with beans such as peas, beans or lentils inside them. Other common examples of popular legumes are English peas, chickpeas, lima beans and even peanuts. Legumes have been the nutritional foundations for people since the rise of civilizations. With a high concentration of protein and fiber per serving, legumes serve as the perfect plant-based substitute for meats and are a staple of most well-balanced vegan and vegetarian diets.
Lentils are cultivated throughout Europe, Asia, and North Africa and are a popular choice source of protein for the surrounding populations. With hundreds of different varieties, lentils can vary in size, shape, color, and flavor. The lentil, which is essentially the seed of the plant Lens Culinaris, is grown in fields and then picked, and most commonly, dried to be sold.
Another cool thing bout lentils are the variety there is! While we like using green lentils, it's great to know your options in case you're trying to get a specific flavor profile. While this recipe seems like it has lots of ingredients, most of them are dried spices, herbs and a variety of vegetables.
This is one of our personal favorite recipes and one that we truly make all of the time at home! We are so excited to be sharing this one.
Cheers and eat well!
These lentils feature bold mediterranean flavors from the dried spices and herbs. Not only will they excite your taste buds, but they will also fill your kitchen with the exotic smell of toasted spices and cooked vegetables.
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