Thai Lentils Recipe


Thai Lentils

Serves 2

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

  1. Mix lentils, broth, and coconut milk in a large saucepan.

  2. Simmer, covered, 15 to 20 minutes until lentils are almost tender.

  3. Stir in cauliflower, sweet potato, red pepper, baby spinach, ginger, chili and lime juice.

  4. Return to a simmer, cover and cook 10 to 12 minutes until vegetables and lentils are tender.

  5. Sprinkle with the basil and enjoy immediately.

Recipe created by Janet Perry C.H.N., CSNC, Certified Holistic Nutritionist™ / Certified Reiki Master

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