Hearty Green Lentil Recipe
I am a big fan of prep and planning my meals. It makes meal time throughout the week easy and convenient. I also prefer to use fresh fruits and veggies and to soak dried beans before cooking but life doesn’t always go according to plan. I keep a few canned or jarred foods on hand in case I am in a bind and need to come up with a meal on the fly… like today.
I checked my fridge and my cabinet and the above ingredients are what I found. The dish was an experiment, but I loved it so much I wanted to share it with you. Not only is it tasty but it is so nourishing to your body. At the end of the recipe you will find a list I made of some of the benefits of each and every ingredient in the dish! Hope you enjoy!
1 C Green Lentils
2 1/2 C Bone Broth
1 can Organic Garbanzo beans (rinsed)
Chopped Fire Roasted Peppers
Chopped Rainbow Chard (from my Farmer Leo CSA-I use the leaves and give the stems to my chickens)
1 tsp. Turmeric
1 tsp. Ginger
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
2 cloves Fresh Garlic
1/2 Serrano Pepper diced
dollop of Goat Cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Combine lentils, bone broth, serrano pepper, fresh diced garlic, turmeric, ginger, cayenne, salt and pepper in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Once you have about 5-10 minutes left in the cooking process, add the garbanzo beans, roasted peppers, chard and lemon. (I squeezed the juice and then dropped the whole half in there).
Serve with a dollop of goat cheese and it’s that easy!
I ate it warm, but I imagine it will be just as delicious cold. I’ll find out tomorrow; I plan on using the leftovers for my lunch throughout the week.
Lentils: Rich in protein, fiber, B Vitamins, Iron & Saponins, a phyto nutrient with Anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties.
Bone Broth: Healing and so completely nourishing to the body. Benefits your digestive system, thyroid, joints, hair skin, nails & adds flavor to any dish. Should be a part of everyone’s diet!
Garbanzo Beans: Rich in protein, fiber and iron.
Peppers: Anti-inflammatory, blood balancing & supports circulation. Rich in Vitamin A, B6, C, E & Carotenoids.
Chard: Anti-inflammatory, blood sugar balancing. Rich in Vitamin A, C, E, Magnesium, Copper & Carotenoids.
Garlic: My miracle food. I love everything about it. Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, supports circulation & blood sugar balancing. I think it makes everything taste better!
Lemon: Anti-microbial, alkalizing & supports liver, blood circulation & immune system. Rich in Vitamin C & Flavonoids.
Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant & supports the liver & immune system.
Ginger: Anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, supports digestion & circulation.
Cayenne: Supports circulation & metabolism.
Black Pepper: Best when freshly ground to retain it’s stimulating properies.
Sea Salt: Superior to conventional table salt. Quality Sea Salt retains a healthy balance of trace minerals & is free of harmful additives.
Goat Cheese: If you are craving cheese, goat based cheeses are generally easier to digest than cow based cheeses.
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