It proves that brown lentils can be cooked in under a half an hour. They're combined with sautéed veggies and vegetable broth to make a hearty, savory, and soothing soup. Fresh croutons add heft and crunch to this brothy and delicious dish. Sound interesting? Get the recipe now.
Most people are eating at home more often these days, including yours truly. Saving money is a big priority, and being experimental in the kitchen is key for avoiding boredom: With these ideas in mind, I suggest you test a lentil ragu.
Lentils are deliciously inexpensive and each serving offers tons of protein and fiber. Texturally, they are a perfect substitute for meat in a traditional ragu sauce. If you're using prepared pasta sauce, simply cook up some lentils and heat them with the sauce before serving. Season as you please.
Changing it up will help you from resorting to takeout, and you're giving yourself a healthier meal by adding these nutrient-filled legumes. Best of all, lentils are a snap to prepare, so you're not forced to choose saving time over saving money.
With this economy, we're all looking for ways to save money. Since animal sources of protein can be pricey, why not opt to have at least one meal a week focused on plant-based proteins? I'm talking about lentils. They're a type of legume, and have the third highest level of vegetarian protein after soybeans and hemp. There are a huge variety of lentils, ranging in size and color from brown, to black, tan, green, red, and yellow.
Aside from being a great Winter comfort food because of their soft texture, lentils are one of the best vegetarian sources of iron, and have high levels of the amino acids isoleucine and lysine. Lentils are also excellent sources of cholesterol-lowering fiber, and folate, which is needed during pregnancy. Since they're low on the glycemic index, they may also help you lose weight. Add them to soups, stews, or use them to make a cold salad. They're quick and easy to make since lentils don't need to be pre-soaked like other beans.
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