Lentils are a healthier alternative to rice and provide more protein than rice allows. Typically, lentils are boiled in water which can reduce the delicate flavors that are lost when they’re submerged. Steaming lentils help to bring out better nutrition and a texture that is considerably tender compared to boiling.
All about French lentils
Many types of lentils are found in your local supermarket. These can range from red, green, greenish-brown, yellow, black, and even bluish-green varieties. They are determined by the region or country that is growing within. One specific type that is common in France is colored greenish-gray and is one-third the size of the green lentil. They are resilient to turning to mush and hold their shape even after being cooked.
In France, they are typically called Lentilles Le Puy due to the Puy region where they are grown. This further defines the earthy taste which features a prominent nutty and peppery flavor. These lentils get this special flavor because of the volcanic soil where minerals are absorbed into them resulting in the flint-like taste. Because of this, these lentils pair perfectly in salads, soups, or mixed into various meats and vegetables as a main dish.
Are Steamed lentils healthy?
The list of health benefits that come with lentils is literally a roadmap for healthier living. They contain loads of polyphenols that help your body to fight off harmful elements in your body. This simply means that legumes like lentils help boost antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and antifungal defense all throughout your immune system. Lentils also promote anti-obesity, anticancer, antidiabetic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
With a generous amount of iron, protein, and fiber, these little wonders will help to strengthen your bones with calcium. Another interesting benefit is containing folic acid that promoted hair growth, has healthier hearts and will decrease birth defects for women who are pregnant or want to become pregnant. And with so much magnesium, lentils help you to sleep better and manage stress or overworked muscles relax easier.
The only bad thing about lentils is the obvious thing that goes with all beans and legumes. If you suffer from bloating or gas, this is typically part of eating lentils. Some people are affected by lectins which cause an upset stomach, signaling those in the Paleo diet community to avoid lentils like the plague.
A great recipe for steamed lentils
- Medium sized bowl
- 1 Package Steamed lentils
- 1 Package Organic feta cheese (crumbled)
- 1 Container Bruschetta sauce
- Take a medium-sized bowl, empty the lentils and crumbles feta cheese and stir this around. Add any garnishes that you like including parsley, baby basil leaves, or cilantro, and pour the Bruschetta sauce as your topping sauce.
- You can make this into a cool dip-like topping for any whole-grain crackers or anything crunch you want to enjoy with this one-minute salad idea.