Growing up in America has lead to me not eat as many lentils in my life as so many others in the world eat. They’re just not something that really falls on my radar. In fact, most of the people that I knew who did eat lentils had super health-conscious parents. That’s what I ended up associating lentils with as I grew up.
I’ve never seen a lentil plant. Being stupidly interested in plants, the properties of plants, my produce’s origins, I’m really shocked that I’d never looked up a lentil plant before. Well, here’s a botanical drawing! I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this.
I love learning about food, food sources, and all that stuff. It’s nothing that I love enough to pursue as a career, but it’s a goofy little part of me who is ridiculously curious about this stuff. How much do you know about lentils? Here’s what I’ve learned:
Lentils are a good source of protein
They are an excellent source of manganese and cholesterol-lowering fiber
They’re a good source of vitamin B6, too!
Lentils are really good for your heart! People who eat more lentils, have a less likely chance of developing cardiovascular disease(s). [source]
This is a pretty simple recipe, since it’s made in a slow cooker. You won’t be sorry to try this Indian spiced lentil soup.
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