Thai Lentils Recipe
Lentils are a rich source of fiber, which can help to lower cholesterol levels, making them a heart healthy food. They're low in calories, yet high in nutrients. They are a good source of iron and protein, which makes them a good option for people eating a vegetarian or vegan diet. They are packed with many vitamins and minerals, and of all the legumes, are the easiest to prepare. Though lentils do contain protein, they are not a complete protein. The term "complete protein" refers to amino acids, the building blocks of protein. There are 20 different amino acids that can form a protein, and nine that the body can’t produce on its own. These are the essential amino acids—we need to eat them because we can’t make them ourselves. Combining lentils with a whole grain such as brown rice or quinoa, makes them complete. Serve the Thai Lentils over a bowl of brown rice for a healthy one pot meal.
1 Cup Lentils, picked over and rinsed
2 Cups Vegetable Broth
1 Cup Coconut Milk, stirred well before measuring
2 Cups Cauliflower Florets
1 Sweet Potato, peeled and cut into chunks
1 Red Pepper, seeded and chopped
2 Cups Baby Spinach
1 Tsp. Dried Ginger – more or less depending on your taste
Pinch of Ground Chili
1 Tsp. Fresh Lime Juice, more or less depending on your taste
1⁄4 Cup Basil, finely chopped
Mix lentils, broth, and coconut milk in a large saucepan.
Simmer, covered, 15 to 20 minutes until lentils are almost tender.
Stir in cauliflower, sweet potato, red pepper, baby spinach, ginger, chili and lime juice.
Return to a simmer, cover and cook 10 to 12 minutes until vegetables and lentils are tender.
Sprinkle with the basil and enjoy immediately.
Recipe created by Janet Perry C.H.N., CSNC, Certified Holistic Nutritionist™ / Certified Reiki Master