There are so many varieties of lentils you can pick from while creating a lentil menu. Lentils can be made in various forms, are a great addition to many recipes and a staple for vegetarians. Here are some delicious, healthy menu ideas which use all sorts of lentils. Read on…
Red Lentil Pasta
Few people would have tried pasta with lentils which makes this dish a unique one. Some say red lentils cannot be cooked without them turning to mush. However, there is a method to get them tender inside while still maintaining the outer shell. Cooking red lentils as pasta is a fun, colorful, healthy substitute to conventional noodles.
Lentils, besides being delicious and filling, carry a several health benefits. They are high in dietary fiber, folate, and protein and B vitamins. They are also low in fat, and can help lower cholesterol. Although many different kinds of lentil are available - heart-shaped or oval disks in yellow, red, black, brown or green - it is the brownish oval-shaped lentils that are used most popular for making lentil soup because they don’t get mushy easily.
Green Gram Lentils are the kind that are ideal for this dish. Soak them in water for about 20 minutes before you blend them to make the batter. You can always spice up the batter by adding different spices like cumin powder, paprika, chopped cilantro, garlic and ginger. This is a very healthy dish and can be made as a breakfast food or even a snack in between meals. Its light, easily digested and healthier than conventional pancakes. You could accompany this dish with cilantro chutney.
Mediterranean Lentil Salad
Packed with fiber and protein, this salad is a healthy and fulfilling option for lunch or dinner. Lentils are also economical, especially when purchased in bulk. This wonderful Mediterranean lentil salad recipe is easy to make and doesn’t require much time in the kitchen. You can make a dressing for this salad with balsamic vinegar, thyme, garlic powder, oregano, sun dried tomatoes and salt and pepper.
Lentil and Brown Rice Casserole
Lentil and brown rice casserole is a dish that is especially beneficial to the vegetarian who may not find these acids from animal sources. It's the mixture of legumes (lentils) and whole grains (brown rice) that completes the dietary requirements. You will need to bake this dish for about 30 minutes in the oven and remember to refrigerate any leftovers immediately in an airtight container.
Enjoy this lentil menu; the best part about it is that all of these dishes are suitable for vegans and vegetarians as well.
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