Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wonderfully Delicious Lentils!

What's for Dinner...Lentils?
What is that?!?


and a very informative link to click on to
see the wonderful health benefits AND nutritional values of lentils:

click here

It's been over 15 years since I was introduced to Lentils.
(although, Tracy has been eating these since he was a kid as his mom cooked up many legumes for her family)
While I was pregnant with Jade "Folate" was a hot topic for pregnant moms to make sure the you got enough folic acid to prevent "Spinalbifida" and so I read LOTS of books on health and nutrition and came across great information on eating plenty of lentils to add folic acid to your diet.

Tracy and I have always been frugal, but nutritious and healthy with our eating habits and so while I was pregnant with Jade is when I first started "sprouting" lentils to provide some LIVE food in our diet and at that time I also came across this great Lentil Stew recipe
(recipe shown below after the sprout information).

Sprouts have been a wonderful thing to make up in the winter time as sometimes we don't have as much "fresh" produce" as we would like to have and this adds "LIVE" food to your diet.
I have sprouted many different seeds/beans, and I always come back to sprouting LENTILS because they are just SO easy and you don't have to let them sit in the sun to get chlorophyll...
in less than 3 days you can have sprouts to enjoy and the only supplies you need are
a wide mouth mason jar ** cheese cloth ** rubber band.
How easy could they be to make...as easy as
---soaking overnight
---rinsing 3 times a day
---and at the end of day 3 you can enjoy them!!

At the first of the summer when we got so much rain, I was seriously thinking our garden may not grow and we would be grateful we had could at least make up sprouts!!

So, here is some helpful information to show you how easy these sprouts are to make up. I made these up weekly when we lived in a 1 bedroom apartment with the tiniest little kitchen ever and so if I could do that then... then ANYONE can do it!!

BTW...1 cup of lentils costs .48
and so since you only use 1/2 cup of lentils
to make sprouts,
it costs .24 for a mason jar of sprouts...
very thrifty, healthy, nutritious and a
wonderful way to use your food storage in times of need!!

IF YOU CAN'T read the writing
on the photos they are ALL clickable so you can see the wording better!

As far as the taste of sprouted LENTILS....
they remind me of the taste of "fresh peas".
They are crunchy and oh so yummy
and great to put on sandwiches, to eat plain,
to add to salads, or to throw in a pot of soup.

What do you get when you combine the above ingredients...
Delicious, Hearty Lentil Stew
Delicious Lentil Stew

1 cup
dried lentils

4 cups beef OR chicken broth
1 chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
2 large stalks celery
4 carrots
4 medium potatoes
1 can “Mexican” stewed tomatoes
1 can “Italian” stewed tomatoes
(cooked brown rice AND chow mein noodles)

Combine lentils, broth, carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes and tomatoes.
Cook til veggies are “crisp-tender”.
When “crisp-tender” add celery.
Cook til celery is tender.
Serve over brown rice AND chow mein noodles.

GREAT low calorie,
but make you feel full kind of meal!
(You will never know it’s meatless)

How frugal is this meal?
lentils--- .48
broth--- .25
onion/garlic--- .20
carrots, celery, potatoes---.50
stewed tomatoes--- $1.38
Rice/chow mein noodles---$1.00

We fed 4 people 2 dinners and
people 1 lunch for this price!!

Gotta love the thrift of cooking from scratch with legumes.


Small House said...

I have to say I have never cooked with Lentils, because I had no idea what to do with them.

I can't believe how cheap they are. I'm getting a bag, and Going to try this. I'll let you know how it works. I'm sure we'll both get a good laugh out of it.

Thanks for sharing your ideas. They are always WONDERFUL!
Have a good day.

Sondra said...

I love all of your ideas. I too have never cooked with lentils. I am going to get a bag too and try to sprout them and cook with them. The stew looks yummy.

I love all of your recipes. I hope you don't mind.... I'd like to blog the recipe for your zucchini bread (Totally yummy and moist) and the wild rice soup) for now. I like to have them on my blog so that it will print in my blog book for future generations. You might end up seeing all of your recipes on my blog someday - if that is OK.

Let me know. Of course I will link to your blog to let my readers and family know where I get these great recipes. If you don't want me to put it on my blog that will be OK to - but I'd sure like to. Thanks!

Cherie said...

I have nothing but more praise! (wink wink).

I read Sondra's comment and I know I also have linked to your Wild Rice Soup before! We all love your recipes and your food knowledge!!

I keep saying you should write a cookbook!

Keep those great ideas, tips and recipes coming!!

Britt said...

I love all of your recipes. I've always wanted to cook more with legumes, but my family is not quite sold on them yet. Maybe I've just not tried the right recipes. :) This one looks really yummy - I'll have to try it tonight.

Carly said...

This looks delicious, and I have been wanting to cook with lentils lately. Thanks for the tip. And thanks for sending me an email with a link to your blog. I have enjoyed reading it!

The Garden of Egan said...

Great recipe ideas. Thanks.

wileyfamilyof5 said...

I have only cooked with lentils one time. I am glad you reminded me of this great legume. I will have to make the stew for dinner. Maybe for our next camping adventure.

Thanks for all your great ideas.

Valerie said...

I love lentils! But I've never sprouted them before. This looks raelly good.