I don’t do it every week but a delicious super quick meal I occasionally make for myself is boiled red lentils.
I didn’t know red lentils existed until a few months ago when a curried lentil dish I found online listed them as an ingredient- they are healthier than “regular” lentils and cook a lot faster.
Yesterday I threw a cup of red lentils into a regular saucepan with water and random seasonings – then boiled them until they were tender and had absorbed most of the water.
The end result was a nicely flavored thick stew of protein with a great flavor that I ate for lunch yesterday and today.
Ready in around 30 minutes each serving is only about 140 calories and has 16g of protein.
Also – red lentils only have half as many carbs as rice.
What I used:
1 cup red lentils
2 tsp. Chicken Bouillon (high in sodium so be careful)
1/8 tsp. white pepper
¼ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. curry powder
Speaking of quick meals – Something to think about:
You know those plastic bags of instant noodles by Maruchan and Top Ramen?
Each of those bags is considered “2 servings” and has 380 calories, 14g fat, 52g carbs and only 10g of protein.
1 cup of lentils makes a REAL 2 servings but altogether it is 280 calories, 0g fat, 76 carbs and 32g of protein.
A ½ cup of the red lentils makes me feel full but when was the last time someone made one of those plastic bags of soup and only ate half of it? Never?