If you love beans, you’re definitely healthier for it. Eat up! But what about the haters? Thankfully, nature developed red lentils… the anti-bean bean, which cooks quickly (15 minutes from bag to fork), disintegrates nearly completely in soups, sauces, stews, and rice dishes, and is just as nutritious as cannellinis and pintos: 7 grams of fiber & 7 grams of protein per half-cup cooked lentils. Look for them in the grocery store with the dried beans (GOYA makes a mean red lentil), or with the Indian foods.
Here are a few ways to sneak’m & stuff’m:
- Add 1/2 cup dried red lentils to marinara sauce. Simmer the lentils with 1 jar of marinara for about 15 minutes, until lentils are mere flecks of light red sunshine. If you want to really top the nutrition charts, toss in a bag of frozen chopped spinach.
- Add 1-2 cups of dried red lentils to a pot of soup or chili. Simmer for at least 15 minutes, or until the warm creation is fully cooked. Play a game called “Find the Lentil.” Nobody wins!
- Simmer 1/2 cup dried red lentils with 1 chunked sweet potato in 2 cups water for 15-20 minutes. Mash with a touch of salt and pepper. Who stole the lentils?
Other ways to trick the masses?