I’ve often said that I am a creature of habit with my meals and tend to eat the same things over and over again. Every once in a while, this starts to get boring so I try to incorporate new foods into my diet.
Believe it or not, lentils are a new-to-me food. I don’t think I had ever eaten them until I found them in this delicious arugula/sweet potato salad from Aroma Cafe a few weeks ago.
I finally decided to pick some up to give them a whirl in my own kitchen. I grabbed a can of prepared lentils as well as a bag of the dried variety, then pulled a couple of recipes for inspiration.
First up, I made a Lentil Taco Salad on Saturday using this Epicurious recipe as a guide. I only followed the recipe for the actual lentil/taco mix (adding diced red pepper and omitting extra salt since there is plenty between the broth and taco seasoning pouch).
The mixture was delicious, especially once it was heaped on top of a pile of crisp iceberg lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and avocado slices, then topped with salsa, green onion and grated cheddar. Mmm’mmm!
I was pretty pleased with my presentation. But then I realized that it was not going to bode well for consumption, so I dumped it all into a big salad bowl before digging in. Didn’t look as good but it sure tasted good!
On Sunday I drained the canned lentils and mixed them up with cooked quinoa and chopped vegetables to provide my lunches for the week. For Monday, I added a handful of spinach, a sprinkle of feta cheese and some sun dried tomato dressing. (Loosely based on this recipe.) Delicious! I love the versatility of a “recipe” like this.
Lentils are definitely going to be on regular rotation in my diet.
How do you like your lentils?