Honestly, growing up I can’t remember a lentil ever coming across my plate but raising my own kids I have been known to slip in a few lentils every now and again. 🙂
My first introduction to lentils came in the form of Near East Lentil Pilaf. I made it and the kids ate it. It was a proud nutritionist moment.
The next time I made lentil pilaf, I didn’t rinse my saucepan enough and the pilaf came out soapy tasting. Oops.
My kids will never let me forget it. Ha!
Lentils are a great source of fiber, 9 grams in just 1/2 cup serving! WOW!!
Near East mixes are fine in a pinch but moving away from ‘boxed foods’ and into more whole foods, I thought I might just try my own lentil pilaf sans soapy-taste.
So for my FODMAPers, lentils get the ‘green light’ especially canned lentils, 1/2 cup serving (without onion and garlic). Westbrae makes an appropriate product. (Shout out to Lisa, my client, for finding these!)
Today, I cooked up some garlic infused oil (FODMAPers, of course, remove garlic after flavor infused), tossed in some chopped red bell pepper, added some cooked brown rice, some drained and rinsed canned lentils and garnished with fresh basil, scallion (green part only FODMAPers) and some sea salt and pepper. I ate 2 large servings for lunch. Deeeeelllish!
Now, on this beautiful sunny day, I have to haul my butt outside and take a run. I make it sound like a chore, don’t I? But, really, I do love every minute of it.