The incredible, edible... lentil!

20120720-145004.jpg In an effort to lower the amount of BPA I consume (and to NOT pay $4.29 per Amy's Organic Lentil soup can, which still contains BPA. Thank you NYC for that price hike.) I made my first soup yesterday. It's still bubbling along this morning and I have to say I'm sold!

Here's why you should consider adding lentils to your diet too:

  • Low Cost: I bought a huge bag of green lentils for under ten dollars at Costco.
  • Protein: Lentils have the largest amount of protein per weight of any plant based food.
  • Easy: to both digest and cook. Because of their smaller size they cook faster than other legumes.
  • Fiber: They contain both soluble and insoluble types.  (Which keeps you fuller, lowers cholesterol, ... More on fiber to come soon.)
  • Nutrients: They're a good source of Folate, Iron, Vitamin B and Potassium, among others.
  • Blood Sugar Stability: thanks to fiber they help to maintain balanced blood sugar levels

In a crock pot I added about 7 cups of water to two (soaked overnight) cups of lentils. I added a couple of stalks of celery, a couple of carrots, corn, some tomatoes, broccoli - really any veggies I had on hand. I also threw in some salt, pepper, olive oil, and basil and parsley from the garden. It's been simmering away for about 8 hours. The recipe I found online said it should be done by now but I've noticed the lentils seem a bit too tough and the longer I've let it sit the yummier it gets.

Let me know if you try it or if there's anything else you think I should add to it! About to help myself to another bowl.