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06/27/2014 05:30 EDT | Updated 07/03/2014 09:59 EDT

Lentil Recipes: Salad, Soups And Other Dishes To Eat All Week

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WHAT WE'RE COOKING THIS WEEK: Lentils

Move over kale and cauliflower, the lentil is here. Probably one of the most under-appreciated types of legumes, lentils have a lot to be proud of. Tiny lentils (both split and whole) act as wonderful cooking ingredients, especially because they have the tendency to soak up the flavours of whatever you mix them with. Try a hearty and flavourful lentil soup or roast them in the oven for a quick snack. And with so many varieties like red, green. yellow and black lentils, you can make just about anything.

Lentils are also incredibly nutritious. They are great sources in fibre, protein (vegetarians/vegans you should be happy), and iron. Studies have also linked lentils to improving the digestive system and heart health, along with providing our bodies that much-needed energy — especially in these hot summer months.

And in case you missed it, last week we packed cucumbers.

WEEKLY SHOPPING LIST:

Here's what you need to buy this week, while the other necessary ingredients (like pepper, salt and oils) are likely already in your kitchen.

  • Lentils (black, brown, red, green, yellow, green)
  • Green mango
  • Red onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Mint
  • Lemon juice
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Vegetable broth
  • Garlic
  • White onion
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Mozzarella
  • Kelp granules
  • Tortilla chips
  • Flour
  • Low fat milk
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Fresh salsa

Pack It: Lentils

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