This Easy Lentils recipe takes only a couple minutes to prepare, but it’s delicious and a great source of protein. This is a staple in our refrigerator that we use as a side dish or topping for our Boiled Potatoes or Vegan Baked Potato.
Lentils are a member of the legume family, and are a critical source of nutrition for those on a plant-based diet. According to Dr. Greger at NutritionFacts.org, “Lentils have the second-highest antioxidant content (behind black beans) among all tested legumes and offer significant levels of protein, iron, zinc, and folate as well. A diet rich in lentils and other legumes may help reduce cholesterol, hypertension, and the risk of prediabetes, fibrocystic breast disease, and prostate cancer proliferation. Lentils and other legumes may offer significant anti-inflammatory effects as well.”
We used green lentils in this Easy Lentils recipe but you can use other types of lentils. Try the other types to add some variety to your meals. Cooking times vary so pay attention to the cooking instructions on the package. Brown and red lentils only take 20 to 30 minutes to cook while these green lentils take about 45 minutes.
If you’re concerned about your sodium intake, replace the garlic salt with garlic powder and add a little black pepper, lime juice, balsamic vinegar or tabasco sauce.