Lentils are considered a power food. They are loaded with fiber, folate, iron, protein, and other vitamins and minerals. The fiber in a 1/2 cup serving of lentils gives you 1/3 of your needed daily requirements. Plus 9 grams of protein are in that same 1/2 cup! That’s a smart food! That’s tremendous power! A few years ago I learned how to make lentils. My entire family loves this recipe. We typically serve it atop of a small amount of rice and at times place a fried egg on top. Whatever the way you choose to make and eat lentils, be sure to include it in your family’s menu.
How to Make Lentils
- 1 bag of dried lentils, rinsed
- 2 potatoes diced
- 1 large tomato diced
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 knorr cube
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (you can use cooking spray instead)
- In a large pot add lentils and enough water to go approximately 3 inches above lentils. Bring to a boil and add potatoes. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally.
- In a fry pan, saute onion, garlic, tomato and knorr cube with olive oil or cooking spray. This is called the sofrito.
- After potato and lentils are soft (20-30 minutes) add the sofrito to the pot. Cook at a low simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
Where to Buy Lentils
Dried lentils can be purchased at your grocers in the dried bean aisle. There are different types of lentils – red, green and brown. Choose your favorite!