Lentil Salad – High Protein, High Fiber

photo by rusvaplauke from Flickr

photo by rusvaplauke from Flickr

A Delicious Way to Get More Protein and Fiber

I am continually trying new recipes to find new ways to eat nutrient dense foods.  Lentils are very high in protein and fiber and are easy to cook.  This is a recipe I tried last week and my family loved it.  It makes great leftovers as well.  Make a batch on the weekend and divide servings to eat for lunch throughout the week.  You can tweak the recipe to include other vegetables as well.  I added some zucchini and some leftover Brussels sprouts with the carrots and celery.

Ingredients

1 cup dry lentils
2 carrots, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1/4 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon dijon mustard

Directions

Simmer lentils in water until tender, about 40 minutes.

Saute carrots and celery in a small amount of olive oil.  Season with Italian seasoning, garlic salt, salt and pepper.

Add seasoned vegetables to lentils.  Mix vinegar, olive oil and mustard together and add to lentil salad.  Serve warm and enjoy.

 

 

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