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Lentils Simple Way

Updated: Feb 14

  • Thanks to the wealth of proteins, vitamins, minerals, fibers and other nutrients — lentils are definitely a legume that has a very positive effect on health, so you simply have to include it in your diet. Dietary lentils offer a number of health benefits, from helping you control your weight to promoting heart health. High protein lentils are considered a cheap source of protein; it is a rich source of essential amino acids — such as isoleucine and lysine. It contains a high number of proteins, minerals, and vitamins B1 and B9. Lentils are also an excellent food for pregnant women, they prevent atherosclerosis and help maintain a healthy nervous system. Lentils are easier to prepare if you find already cooked lentils in a can that you can buy in stores. But if you don't have any, you can also use dry lentils, but you will have to soak them in water in the evening, and then throw out the water in the morning. You will put new water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook for about 40 min. on moderate heat, then you will strain it, and continue with this preparation of recipe. This second way will take a little longer, but if you have the time, it won't be a problem. Follow the recipe.

Ingredients: simple, total time: 50 min. 2 serving
  • 350 g of already cooked lentils / or dry see instructions above on the text

  • 1 onion /finely chopped

  • 2 carrots/finely chopped

  • 2 stalks of celery/finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons of tomato concentrate

  • 1 teaspoon of minced red pepper

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • water 220 ml

  • dry spice/ Vegeta

  • 1 Tbsp of Olive oil EVO

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 Tablespoon of celery leaves/finely chopped

Preparation:
  1. Prepare all the ingredients listed above as described.

  2. Pour the oil into a deep pan, add the chopped onion, fry it until it has a glassy appearance, then add the celery and finely chopped carrot, mix well and simmer for about 10 minutes. After that, add lentils, 1 teaspoon of ground paprika, salt, pepper and a bay leaf, mix the ingredients well add water. Immediately in a small cup, mix the tomato concentrate with a little water, add it to the pan, cover, and stir occasionally, cook for about 25–30 minutes.

  3. Finally, sprinkle with celery leaves. Lentils should soften and not overflow in liquid. When the lentils are done, turn off the heat. Serve

Buon appetito!

NOTE: You can eat lentils prepared this way with Cotechino, some other sausages or steaks, or in the end you can just eat them like this if you are on a diet or similar. Lentils are extremely healthy and should be consumed more often!

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