Looking for a healthy gluten free main course or great side dish? A lentil pilaf is a perfect dish for the warmer weather since it tastes great at room temperature. Lentils are nutritional powerhouses that cook more quickly than beans , and do not need to be soaked overnight first. Perfect for dinner or summer parties; this recipe is a keeper.
I thought of the idea to make a lentil pilaf when my friend Paula called me and asked me what could she make with some lentils she had purchased. She didn't want to make lentil soup and was trying to think of other ideas. When I thought of the lentil pilaf, it sounded so good, I figured I'd make a batch too.
I like this recipe because:
- Pilaf is vegan, fast and easy to make, and has lots of nutritious raw chopped veggies and aromatic spices, yet lentils have a mild flavor that most people like.
- It's a great summertime entree or side dish when you don't want to turn on the oven.
- The lentils can be made in advance too and you can then just assemble the recipe the next day.
- It's also an economical meal because a bag of lentils is usually less than a dollar. Can't go wrong with that.
- If you like your pilaf a little more perky, you could add some salad dressing to it, like an Italian dressing or some lemon juice and olive oil.
- You could also add some chopped parsley, cilantro, chopped garlic or anything of your liking.
- For a more filling meal ,eat the pilaf over quinoa, brown rice, or even GF noodles.
Did you know that eating lentils can help lower your cholesterol and help balance your blood sugar?
Lentils are a real food from nature and only real food provides real health benefits.
- lentils are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber which is known to help lower cholesterol and help manage blood sugar disorders.
- In addition, lentils provide important minerals, B vitamins and protein.
- Amazingly, they have practically no fat.
- There are about 115 calories in 1/2 cup cooked.
- Also, lentils are a good source of iron.
- So, don't forget to incorporate these nutritional powerhouses into your family's diet.
When is the last time you ate some lentils? Isn't it time you tried them again. This is a light, delicious, and satisfying recipe . Why not try it?
2 cups of cooked lentils, cooled ( cook according to package instructions)
1/2 cup carrot, chopped fine
1/2 cup red pepper, chopped fine
1/2 cup cucumber, chopped fine
1/2 cup marinated artichokes, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped fine
1/4 cup chopped sweet red onion, chopped fne
1/2 cup chopped parsley ( optional)
1 tsp. cumin powder
2 Tablespoons of marinade from the artichokes or
2 Tablespoons of Italian dressing or oil and lemon juice
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss and eat at room temperature
In general, the excellent nutritional benefits of lentils make them well worth eating . They are very versatile and taste great in soups, salads, vegetarian burgers and entrees which you can find additional recipes on my blog.
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