This Warm French Lentil Salad Recipe is packed with protein for a super satisfying and healthy meatless meal you can make during the week. #vegan #glutenfree
Good morning love!
How was your weekend?
Mine would have been better if I got my FitBit like I was supposed to! It was supposed to come in Friday, but the 25 times I tracked it on Amazon didn’t it make it come any faster from New York. 🙁 Monday or else, FB. I’m watching you.
But that didn’t stop my quest to move each day. I spent Friday night walking for an hour, reading, and watching Friends at the same time. I like to refer my attention deficit as “multitasking”.
And it was all really to kill some time until this glorious Papa John dinner.
Crab cake eggs Benedict with roasted potatoes. Oh. My. Yum. Definitely not something I could eat every day since it was pretty rich, but made for a great change to the usual salmon and veggies.
It’s seems like forever since I made an appearance for #pancakesunday on Instagram, but not to worry…
I am still stuffing my face with it’s 2 ingredient glory! Besides having a banana that wasn’t completely browned to my liking and a more egg-cellent appearance, it never gets old.
And neither does Sunday lounging. The 3 degree temps and lack of extra FitBit motivation, I stuck to a yoga sesh inside, and watching No Good Deed. So good!
But now it’s time to get back on track, and down to some easy eats!
I mentioned before that I’ve been following the 21 Day Fix a bit to get me back on track to healthy eating, and controlling against guzzling down a jar of pb. I’ve lost 1/2 an inch on both my waist and hips, which is a step in the right direction!
It takes a lot more planning, but structure works good for me, and has resulted in the longest lasting jar of pb I have seen in a long time.
Since I choose not to eat any red meat or poultry, the choices get a little redundant while remaining on a budget. I eat lots more salmon patties, tuna, and eggs, but it’s nice to change up the routine with some legumes & beans!
I’ve declared my love for lentils time and time again, especially with my BBQ Lentil Bites, and now I’m channeling from French roots!
While I didn’t have a lentil in any way, shape, or form while in France, I did see Ina make it on Food Network, so it must be legit.
But instead of requiring the teardrop of a blessed virgin, and 27 year old olive oil from the hillsides of Tuscany, I downplayed Ina’s original to an easy, satisfying, and inexpensive version of a warm French lentil salad recipe.
Here’s the Sinful Stats or what the French like to call, le Sinful Stats. You might wanna google translate that.
Sinful Nutrition Stats:
-High in Fiber
-High in Protein
-Good source of Iron
-Gluten & Dairy Free
I know, I’ll shut up already!
- 1 cup lentils, cooked
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- ½ medium onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp + ½ tbsp olive oil
- 1½ tsp herbs de Provence
- 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- salt + pepper, to taste
- Soak lentils overnight in cold water.
- Drain and rinse lentils, and cook to package directions.
- In a medium skillet, add 1 tsp oil, carrots, and onion and cook over medium heat.
- Cook vegetables, stirring occasionally until tender, about 5 minutes.
- While vegetables are cooking, combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Turn heat off of skillet. Add cooked lentils and stir to combine.
- Add prepared dressing and stir to combine.
- Serve and top with additional chopped parsley if desired.
I found this to be satisfying, but FULL of flavor. The Herbs de Provence makes a difference. But you could always mix it up, and try thyme, oregano, tarragon, or sage if you don’t have it on hand.
Lindsay gave a great post about the benefits of sprouting lentils, but for the sake of time and impatience, I usually adhere to at least soaking my lentils overnight and rinsing them before using to get some of the same benefits of sprouting.
Make it a great day!
Have you ever tried lentils? What’s your favorite way to eat them?
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