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Black Lentil Magic

And just like magic, it’s Monday again and Elevate has another recipe to share with our friends and family. Today we have “Black Lentil Magic” as our Monday recipe. Such an appropriate name!! This recipe cooks up some real magic in several ways! First, just finding black lentils is magic!! It’s easy to find red, green and brown, but I finally found the black ones at Whole Foods. (Amazon has them also!) They’re super inexpensive, which is another source of magic that this recipe provides. You can feed a small army for a very small price! The nutritional value in black lentils is pure magic as well. They are a healthy source of carbs, that pack in a magical amount of protein, low fat, magnesium, iron and B vitamins. And fiber…let’s just say that the high fiber in black lentils performs it’s own magic on your digestive system and leave it at that! (If you can’t find black lentils, you can substitute cooked white beans or French lentils.)


Here’s a little more magic this recipe provides – it can be served as a side dish, warm or cold, served with tortilla chips as a dip, or as a main course on top of your (daily) handful of greens! Because it can be eaten cold, you don’t even need a microwave which makes it a perfect lunchbox food!! If you’re taking your lentils to work/school for lunch, put your (daily) hand full of greens in a separate ziplock baggie and add them right before you eat so they aren’t soggy at lunch time.

Have a magic Monday from all of us at Elevate Sports Performance and Chiropractic!

INGREDIENTS:

3 TBLSP Extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
2 cups cooked black lentils (To prepare 2 cups of lentils, simmer ¾ cup of dried uncooked lentils in 1 ½ cups of water until just tender, about 15-20 minutes.)
1 TBLSP capers
½ tsp kosher salt

DIRECTIONS:

• Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat until shimmering (There’s that word again! Shimmering oils sound like magic!)
• Sauté the garlic and red pepper until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
• Stir in the tomatoes and simmer until softened, 2 – 3 minutes.
• Stir in the lentils, capers and salt.

Serves 4
15 minutes prep time (that’s all!!)

Thanks to Kate Sherwood at Nutrition Action Newsletter (September, 2018)