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Monday, July 28, 2008

fall in love with lentils

what are lentils? lentils are a bean that is extremely protein-rich (3rd most protein-rich in the veggie world after soybeans and hemp). what makes them skinny bovine-worthy?

  • they are CHEAP!!! a 1 pound bag runs about $1.00 at your local Wal-Mart.
  • a little bit goes a long way. most recipes use about 1/4 of your 1 pound bag (1 cup). that's 25 cents for the main ingredient in your meal.
  • lentils are meaty. because they are so loaded with protein, in many recipes they end up tasting very meaty (but without the greasiness and fattiness that often accompany this quality).
  • not only are lentils protein-rich, but they are fat-free and are a good source of fiber, too. hooray for healthy beans!
what kinds of deliciousness can you create with this healthy, meaty treat? soups, stews, salads, tacos (see recipe below), even vegetarian meatloaf. the possibilities are endless. so do your budget, and your health, a favor and fall in love with lentils.

***find some great lentil recipes on allrecipes.com
thanks to wikipedia.com for the lentil photo

6 comments:

Mark & Bek said...

I can tell this is going to be my new favorite blog! So, if you know the cheapest way to get chicken breast or tenders I think you should publish it. I never know if I'm getting a good deal or ripped off! And hey, chicken is healthy

Mark & Bek said...

p.s. the header is unbelievably cute.

Allison said...

Britt! We had this for dinner tonight. Yum yum. I have had this bag of lentils for a long time and have been wondering what to use it for...thanks! We'll be anxiously awaiting next week's recipe.

Claire and Steve said...

I love using lentils, and I really like the design of your blog.

grammakathy said...

At first I was very skeptical, but since Britt has been making us a fabulous dinner every night, I had to try these. They are FABULOUS! Best tacos I have every eaten. Great flavor and texture. Thanks, daughter, for taking such good care of us.

BrittWilk said...

Bekah -
Great idea with the chicken! I'll get working on that post. :)

Allison! -
So glad you liked them! Aaron was super skeptical the first time I made them - until he tried them! Now he requests them regularly.

Claire -
Isn't the design fun? I wish I could take credit for it, but alas, I have no artistic talent. Luckily, my friend Jeanie does!

And thanks mom!! :) You're so sweet!

healthy cooking on a budget

disclaimer: i don't claim to be an expert on cooking, weight loss or even healthy eating, but i do love to cook, find healthy, taste bud-friendly tricks and most of all, i love to eat!

qualifications: what qualifies me to blog on cooking healthy on a small budget? well, as my husband is still a student, my budget is not what you'd call large. and as for the healthy part, when i was 10 i was diagnosed with pancreatitus - a disease that doesn't effect me much anymore unless i eat food that is too greasy or has too much fat (in which case, well, let's just say i get really sick). this had steered my experience and limited cooking expertise in a health-conscious direction.

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