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Friday, April 13, 2012

SuperFood Lentils: Foodie Friday


lentils acorn squash green beans
Lentils with Roasted Acorn Squash and Green Beans c2012


A cup of lentils provides 16g of fiber thats 63% of your daily fiber. Forget red meat, you can get 37% of your iron from lentils along with vitamin C and calcium with almost no fat... no fat!*
Lentils are versatile and unlike other beans require no time to cook, they also don’t require you to take any Beano after eating them if you catch my drift...
Lentils are very much part of may traditional diets from the Mediterranean region to SouthEast Asia. The recipe I am giving you today is super simple. You can use this recipe as a base, add spice to it for variety, or broth to it for a hearty soup.
I felt the need to finish up the squash I have stored in my basement, so I’ve included a simple way to cook them too. Squash goes nicely with lentils you can even mix them up and make a stew.
As the weather gets warmer don’t forget about lentils, add some of your favorite vinaigrette dressing to them and serve them cold as a picnic salad.
SIMPLE LENTILS
by Diane Balch
prep time: 10 minutes  serves: 4
Ingredients: 
1 cup of washed dry lentils any color

2 cups of vegetable broth (you can also use beef or chicken broth)
2 carrots chopped fine
2 celery chopped fine
1/2 of a small onion chopped fine
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Directions:
1) Heat the olive oil on medium-high in a medium size sauce pan.
2) Sauté vegetables until wilted & slightly brown. Start with the onion, then add the celery & carrots. Chop and sauté as you go. The onions need a little more time to cook.

3) Add the lentils along with the broth, salt & pepper. Bring the lentils to a boil, then lower them to a simmer. In 15 minutes they will be firm but edible. If you like them softer add a little more broth and cook them until desired tenderness, up to one hour.
SIMPLE ROASTED SQUASH
by Diane Balch
Prep time 10 minutes 2-4 servings
Ingredients:
1 large acorn or butternut squash halved with seeds removed
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Salt and Pepper to taste.
1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
2 tablespoons of butter
1/8 of teaspoon of cinnamon
Directions: 
1) Preheat the oven to 425 degree. Rack at middle level.
2) Put halved squash in a baking dish baste with oil then salt and pepper.
3) Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until squash can easily be punctured with a fork and is slightly brown.
4) Let squash cool enough that you can peel off its’ skin.
5) Mash squash with Maple Syrup, butter, and cinnamon. Check salt and pepper.
Serve with lentils and a side of green vegetables.
copyright 2012

 lentilssquashItalian cookingVegetarian,Vegan 





Dear Readers, 
I invite you to share in the joy of  of Adelina of Home Maid Simple,
 my co-host, on the birth of her 4th child and 1st boy!

its a boy feet


SPOTLIGHT RECIPES FROM LAST WEEK'S LINKY:



I love the presentation: Great for a fancy brunch, but also nice because you can personalize the content for kids.


GLUTEN FREE HUGS & COOKIES XO'S Maple Syrup Chicken


This is a simple recipe that packs a lot of flavor.

MY LITTLE SPACE'S Meatless Braised Cellophane Noodles


My kids think these are the coolest looking noodles ever. We don't have to tell them that they are healthy too!



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46 comments:

  1. I really need to get on the ball, and add more lentils and beans to our diets. It's so hard to give up meat when you've grown up on it.

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    1. It really is it's conditioning. You have to try to think more in terms of what protein am I going to make tonight instead of which meat.

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  2. First of all, congratulations to Adelina for her newborn baby boy. What a joy! And Diane, thanks so much for the shout out and glad you like the noodle too. Looking forward to sharing more on Foodie Friday.
    Have a great weekend.
    Blessings
    Kristy

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  3. Thanks for the invite, Diane. Your lentils look delicious, I've never made them, but I'm going to have to give them a try! I linked up three recipes and I accidentally put the wrong title on my "classic spaghetti and meatball", sorry about that. Have a great weekend!

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  4. WHAT AN HONOR TO BE FEATURED!!!! JUMPING UP AND DOWN! THANKS!

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    1. You are very welcome... great use of maple syrup.

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  5. Thank you for the invite! Hmmm...don't believe I've ever had lentils ... a little intimidated :)

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    1. Once you try them I think you'll find them to be one of the least intimidating beans out there. Thanks for joining us. Hope to see you back next week.

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  6. Thanks for featuring my Scrambled Egg Nests and thanks for hosting!! Congratulations to Adelina on her baby boy!

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    1. You are very welcome. Hope to see you back next week.

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  7. I love lentils too! I've been experimenting with them lately as a ground beef substitute. So yummy, and no guilt.

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    1. They really are inexpensive and versatile. So much better for you than ground meat (esp. theses days i.e. pink slime). I used to make a Lentil Loaf. If you see a good recipe for one send it to me.

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  8. Thanks for the invite! linked up, grabbed a button, and following along:) Happy Friday

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    1. I'm so glad I found your blog. Can't wait to see what you will share next week.

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  9. Thanks so much for inviting me - I love blog parties! I would also like to invite you to my "Themed Blog & Shop Hop" on Monday April 16th (this coming Monday):
    godsgrowinggarden.blogspot.com
    Thanks
    Angie

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    1. So glad you joined us. Hope to see you again next week.

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    2. I will join you on Monday thanks.

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  10. Thank you so much for the invitation! My lentil sloppy joes do seem to go perfectly with this post :)

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    1. I told you so, thanks for sharing them. Hope to see you back next week. Grab our button so you won't forget about us.

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  11. Hi Diane! Thanks very much for the invite. What a great party. Will keep an eye out for you each week. I also have a linky party here in Australia, every Thursday called "Thriving on Thursdays" so feel free to link up any of your ideas. I'd love to have you.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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    1. I will added it to my reminder list, will try to make it. thanks.

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  12. Thanks so much for the invite to such a great party! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. Thank you for coming by, hope to see you again next week.

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  14. Hi Diane,
    Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for checking out Simple Nests. I added my swedish fish sushi and am looking forward to the next party next week! Cheers and happy blogging!

    Liz {simplenests.blogspot.com}

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    1. They really are adorable. My son loves sushi I'm hoping to talk him into making these fish for his birthday instead of getting real sushi...much cheaper.

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  15. Great party! Thanks for hosting. I'm linking up recipes from my brand new blog :)

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  16. Hi Diane,
    It is a great party and I have added my Ham and Pasta Casserole. Hope you have a great day and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Always good to see you again. Thanks for your casserole and I will see you at your party on Thursday.

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  17. Hi Diane,
    Visiting for the first time. Thanks for hosting!

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  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog and inviting me to join in. I linked up my Tabouleh. I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Great, hope to see you back next week.

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  19. Thanks for the invite! Added my Margarita Cake...

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    1. I'm very excited about your cake, got quite a few repins on PInterest of it too. Thanks for coming by, I don't know if you grabbed a button to remember to come by next week too.

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  20. Thank you for hosting! I just linked up my Peanut Butter Chocolate cookies. Thanks so much for sharing on Must Try Monday!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your cookies, grab our button so you'll remember to join us again on Friday.

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  21. This looks delicious! I really enjoy lentils. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  22. Such a healthy meal! I definitely need to start cooking up more beans, especially for my little girl who doesn't like to eat a lot of meat. Thanks for the simple recipe!

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  23. I have to say there are some meals that you really feel good after you've eaten them... and this is one of those. My kids both love all different types of beans, they really have a mild flavor... they are truly important if you don't eat much meat. You might want to take a look at this link it has some good nutrition information about vegetarianism: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/8-foods-every-vegetarian-should-eat/

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  24. Diane,
    This is a great meal, we would really enjoy it! Hope you have a fabulous week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  25. Congratulations to Adelina and her family!

    Lentils really are so good for you, and your recipe looks and sounds delicious. I like the squash too!

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    1. Thanks so much glad to hear from you.

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  26. I never cook with lentils. I really should. These looks so good. I'll have to give them a try. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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    1. You are not alone, so many people have said this. You'll be surprised at how easy they are to cook, how tasty and digestible they are compared to a lot of other beans.

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