Having healthy meal choices that provide your body with esential vitamins and minerals that will satisfy your taste buds is very doable. This meal is ‘high leverage’. It is full of super foods that will maximize your health and performance. It’s is also inexpensive to fix, easy to make and delicious. Lentils are full of protein, fiber, folic acid and contain many trace minerals. Studies have shown that eating beans or lentils two or more times per week was linked to a 24% reduced risk of breast cancer!
You will need: 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic (minced), 2 chopped carrots (sometimes I will use spinach instead), 1-1/2c green or red uncooked lentils, 1/2 c Quinoa, 2 tbsp Paprika, 1 tsp crumbled dried mint, 1/4 Hot pepper flakes), 2 large tomatoes, choppeds (optional). 8 c vegetable stock (I prefer chicken stock). If you like your soup a little thinner or thicker adjust the liquids. You can also do 1/2 stock/1/2 water.
Saute onion, garlic and carrots. Add stock and lentils. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered until lentils are tender – 20 to 40 minutes. Add tomatoes and spinach if used. Cook 10 minutes. Garnish with plain yogurt if desired, mint and a bit of lime or lemon. Enjoy! Filling, satisfying, nutritious and tasty! Great for a little snack – loaded with protein. Wish I had a bowl right now! This recipe is a combination of several – I love to mix and match!