If you are anything like me and don’t like making long, complicated dishes with ingredient lists a mile long, then YOU WILL LOVE THIS!!!! These make great appetizers/ hors d’oeuvres (I had to google how to spell that 😉 ) and are even kinda pretty! These can also be served as a side dish or even as a meal! Did I mention that they’re packed with great nutrition? I’ll get to the nutrient density in a minute, but first…..(
CONTINUE READING HERE) These lentil canoes are as simple to make as they look. Simply pull off romaine lettuce leaves, spread lentils on them – and you’re pretty much DONE! I use Trader Joe’s already prepared lentils that just require a couple of pokes in the bag and 2 mins in the microwave. Doesn’t get any easier than that! You don’t have to, but you can also add seasonings of choice. I LOVE marjoram, basil or cilantro! Add Sriracha sauce if you enjoy a kick. Sometimes just a little cumin and sea salt will do. Just depends on your mood. But even as a stand-alone, these are so delicious.
To add even more protein to this, (although the lentils are plenty high in protein, **SEE BELOW), put about 4 ounces of tofu in the blender with a handful of cilantro and 1/4 cup of water. After blended, add a 1-2T of soy sauce. This is a yummy dip!!! But, um, did I mention how nutritious these lentil canoes are? No? Read on…..
Lentils are CRAZY good for you!! They Lower Cholesterol since they contain high levels of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber traps carbohydrates and slows down digestion while stabilizing blood sugar. This is important for people with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. Lentils also help to reduce your risk of heart disease because of their of folate and magnesium content. Also, the insoluble dietary fiber found in lentils helps prevent digestive disorders (think irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis…). Lentils are also a great source of protein! 26 percent of lentil’s calories are come from protein making this a great protein source for vegans/vegetarians! And these are wonderful for weight loss! They are low in calories and contain virtually no fat. One cup of cooked lentils is incredibly filling and only contain 230 calories.
So there you have it! A delicious, EASY TO MAKE and incredibly healthy canoe of nutrients. Enjoy!!!