Tag: Lentil Recipes
Lentils are part of the legume family and they’re a rich source of plant protein, iron and fiber. Dried lentils are a staple in my pantry for making rich and hearty soups and stews and for tossing into salads. They’re quick and easy to make and unlike other legumes, they don’t require soaking first.
One cup of cooked lentils provides approximately 18 grams of protein, 40 grams of carbohydrates and 140 calories.
Types of Lentils
French Green Lentils (also called Le Puy) hold their shape when cooked retaining a slightly firmer texture. They’re great for adding to soups and salads.
Beluga Lentils are little black lentils similar in texture to green lentils in that they also hold their shape when cooked.
Brown Lentils are used in a lot of soup recipes. They don’t hold their shape as well as green lentils when cooked and become a little more stewy like.
Red Lentils cook much quicker than green or brown lentils (taking only about 15 minutes to cook) and they become very soft and practically fall apart when cooking. These lentils also make a good soup, but they’re also good to add to some curry recipes.