Hello, Lentils? Hi. It’s me. Peggy.
…Say what? I’ve fallen from your favor? Sorry I’ve been snubbing you for the past couple of months. But I’m needing—nay, craving—to have you back into my life. I’m done with wretched excess; the frothy creams, sumptuous sauces and trumped-up cocktails that caught my eye in December. I miss your tasteful earthiness, your smart frugality, your downright wholesomeness. Give me one more chance–I’m begging!–to make things right.
Mid-January finds me as another bloated statistic entrenched in detox, mainlining soups loaded with beans and veggies, forcing myself to pound out another mile (er…block) on the treadmill while my headphones knock out a lobotomizing Latin Dance Club collection, which insists my legs move forward.
And lentils are back into my life. What’s not to love about these petite colorful beans? User friendly, they cook fast and don’t need soaking; they’re a powerhouse of nutrition and easy on the purse strings. Below, I’ve assembled a slide show of lentil inspiration. One recipe not featured is a no-recipe-recipe I recently made: Quinoa-Lentil Salad: In separate pots, cook equal parts of black beluga lentils and quinoa until tender, then drain and toss in a vinaigrette made with a smidgen of garlic, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Toss with feta cheese and you’ll be doin’ right by lentils.
Turkish Lentil Soup with Roasted Eggplant • Warm Lentil Salad & Spinach Salad with Rosemary Vinaigrette • Northern Indian Dal (Black Lentil Spread) • Cheesy Lentil-Spinach Casserole • Lamb & Lentil Soup with Tuscan Kale • Couscous Lentil Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes • Curried Lentil Soup • Kale and Lentil Soup with Indian Flavors