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
2 cups of soaked lentils *
2 cloves of garlic
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.
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.