Lately I have been really enjoying lentils. Now for the die-hard Paleo/Primal folks, lentils are not on the ‘list’, but as an athlete who needs to get plenty of non-grain high quality carbs, lentils are a perfect addition. Lentils are a power food–they are loaded with protein, fiber, B vitamins and iron.
Lentils contain more folate than most any other plant food. Besides protecting your body against heart disease and inflammation by lowering dangerous homocysteine, folate is ideal for women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, as it helps prevent birth defects. And did you know that folate, combined with vitamin B6 (also in lentils) helps reduce the risk of breast cancer and other cancers.
Lentils’ high fiber makes them filling and satisfying, while keeping blood sugar low. This low calorie legume is a great dietary addition if you are trying to lose weight as well. The lentil is an easy to digest food that is helpful to those who have digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrom and diverticulosis.
Lentils contain the third highest level of protein of all legumes and nuts, so not only are they a great slow burning carbohydrate source, but they are also an excellent source of protein.
Warm Lentil, Kale and Bacon Salad
2 slices of thick sliced, natural (nitrite/nitrate free) bacon
4-6 good sized garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup (or so) cooked black or brown lentils
1/2 bunch of kale, chopped in small pieces
1/2 tsp turmeric
juice of 1 fresh lemon wedge, to taste
hot pepper flakes, to taste
toasted sesame seeds, optional
In a frying pan, fry bacon until medium crisp. Remove from pan and chop or break in small pieces. Set aside. Leave about 1-2 Tbsp of the bacon grease in pan, and stir and cook garlic for a few minutes, until soft. Add chopped kale, salt, drained lentils, red pepper flakes, and turmeric. Cover with lid and cook over medium to medium-low heat for a few minutes until kale is tender. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over kale, stir and serve. Enjoy! Serves 2-4.
This can be served as a side dish or as a complete meal.