Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lentils my new favorite legume

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I have to say that I have never given lentils much thought, but my sister and I are trying to lose weight using natural low carb, low glycemic foods. In my research I found that lentils have tons of nutrients, are high in fiber, are a low glycemic food and are cheap so I thought I would give them a try. They are now my new favorite and the best part is they don't have any real distinct taste themselves they just take on the seasonings you put into them. I made baked meatless meat balls with them and they were great. The texture was just like meat.

Tweeked from lentil recipes
Pre-heat 375
2 cups of soaked lentils *
2 cloves of garlic
3 eggs
1 medium onion
1/4 wheat germ
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
pinch of salt
your favorite meatloaf or ball seasonings
Update: I forgot to put milk in the ingredients. I used about a 1/4 cup of milk. Sorry if this caused any problems.

The Sauce:
1/2 cup of ketchup (corn syrup free)
6 Tbs butter
6 Tbs raw sugar
3 Tbs vinegar (I used raw apple cider)
6 Tbs water

*Lentil prep: the night before soak the lentils in filtered water with about 2 Tbs of some kind of acid I used raw apple cider vinegar but you can use whey, or yogurt. The next day I rinsed the lentils with filtered water and put them in my slow cooker on low. It took most the day because I did a large batches to freeze for later without taking 2 days.

For the lentil balls I mixed all the ingredients together and made 1 inch balls and placed them on a foil lined cookie sheet and baked them for 25- 30 minutes.

For the sauce mix the ingredients into a sauce pan and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. I reheated the lentil balls and the sauce together on the stove the next day and they tasted great and held together.

*As a side note lentils are very good if you suffer from diabetes because of there high fiber.

This post is shared at Simple Lives Thursday.


  1. I love lentils! Seriously! Although, I love all beans, but lentils have always been my fave! The meatballs sound good and I happen to have all those ingredients on hand!

  2. Hey I'm glad the recipe sounds good. Let me know what you think.

  3. I love lentils too. I think it's the peppery flavor. I had a recipe years ago for a lentil loaf that also called for shredded raw beets. It was the best bean loaf I'd ever made, but somehow I lost the recipe. I've searched online but never found anything close. The lentil meatballs sound good, so I'll have to try them.

  4. Wow! They really look like meatballs.
    I'm a vegetarian, so I will give these a try. I am your newest follower. I hope you will visit my blog and follow me back. www.glutenfreewithjudee.blogspot.com

  5. Judee I just got back from looking around your blog. Its great I'm trying more gluten free flours for the purpose of losing weight, so your recipes are very helpful.

  6. Hi. Just wondering if there is a misprint for the sauce ingredients as it only says 1/2 cup for ketchup but it says "cups"? I am anxious to try this recipe but want to make sure the ingredients are correct.

  7. Sorry about that. Yes it is a miss print I will change it right away.