Posts tagged beans & lentils
Three Bean Mexican Salad

We arrived home a couple of weeks ago from celebrating my birthday (which happens to fall on Cinco de Mayo) in Mexico. You only turn 30 once, right? So better enjoy it.

Enjoy it I did. But when I came back I was very ready (or at least my body was) to eat good food again. I came home craving fresh veggies and lentils (oh my, I even sound like a dietitian).

Beans are my favorite post-vacation "cleanse" food because they are yummy and so, so healthy. In the spirit of healthy eating, I'm bringing a little Mexico back with me and am excited to share a little of why I love beans so much.

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Curried Red Lentils with Fried Cauliflower and Peanuts

I just returned home to Colorado from Sunny Southern California. The average temperature there was in the 60s. Today the high is 38 freakin' degrees - which is about 30 degrees warmer than it's been in the last week.

Winter, I'm kinda over you.

But if you must snow me in and prevent me from manufacturing my own vitamin D from the beautiful sunshine, I'll celebrate the season by sharing this oh-my-god-I-didn't-know-lentils-could-be-this-good recipe with you.

Unlike a couple of my other favorite lentils dishes (see: Lentil Frito Pie and Mujadara, for example), this recipe uses red lentils.

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Lentil Tater Tot Casserole

My best friend married a vegetarian.

This might not sound like a big deal to you, but in college Meredith was a meat and potatoes girl through and through.

Luckily for her, she had foodies for best friends and learned to love quality. Now she eats all kinds of veggies and makes some of the most brilliant creations at home. (Check out her guest post recipe Buffalo Chickpea Salad for another great idea!)

Meredith has brilliantly creative food ideas. She was the inspiration for this post (side note: when I scroll through our text message history, 75% of the pictures are of food one of us has created).

Sometimes I like to share nutrition tidbits with your when I give you new recipes. Today, though I'm going to talk about creativity.

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Guest Blog! Buffalo Chickpea Salad

My favorite memories with my friend Ann Scheufler have always involved food. It’s not to say that we haven’t had great experiences traveling, hiking, singing, and just living together, but the best times have always been in the kitchen.

Fast forward to when I met my husband Jason, who (as luck would have it) is a vegetarian! After three years of marriage we have found a happy compromise when it comes to food. While I cook mainly vegetarian fare, there are certain foods I crave, and buffalo wings are definitely one of them. Thus, with a little creativity in the kitchen, Buffalo Chickpea Salad was born.

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Lentil Frito Pie

Oh, I am SO excited to share this recipe with you today. It's an oldie-but-goodie recipe, and one that I often recommend for lentil newbies. Yes, that's right. Another of many lentils recipes that I'll share with you. Oh, how I love lentils.

Lentils are one of my favorite sources of vegetarian proteins. I've talked about how great are the carbohydrates found in lentils (very complex, full of fiber), but I sort of skimmed over their high protein content.

Growing up on a farm, I always assumed that meat was a vital part of every meal. After leaving home, studying nutrition in college, and getting married young, I realized that this isn't necessarily true. We started eating a lot of vegetarian meals - mostly because we were poor and vegetarian proteins are cheap and healthy.


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If there is one thing you should know about me, it's that I love lentils. Just ask my friends. Or my husband. Or my coworkers. Or my patients.

Someone once told me that lentils (and beans, for that matter) are the perfect food to control blood sugar levels and I most heartily agree. They have a little protein, a little starch, and a lot of fiber. Lentils are a great example of why I am a big fan of including carbs in your diet.

Last week we talked about the transition of popularity from low-fat to low-carb diets. Today we're going to delve into what makes a carb a carb, and what differentiates a "good" carb from a "bad" carb.

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Baked Falafel

Falafel is a middle-eastern dish made from ground chickpeas (some call them garbanzo beans) or fava beans which are rolled into balls and fried. They are served inside gyros or beside cucumber salad. Falafel is healthy, cheap, and so delicious. It's a win-win-win.

The chickpeas in falafel serve as a great source of vegetarian protein, but as you may know, they also contain carbohydrates. Beans, including chickpeas, are one of four major starchy veggies (the others are corn, peas, and potatoes).

Yes, that's right: I'm promoting eating starchy vegetables. Despite their recent bad press and the popularity of extreme low-carb diets such as the Ketogenic Diet, carbohydrates are not evil.

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Butternut Squash Mexican Skillet

I am officially up to my ears in butternut squash.

Lately when I've collected my CSA I've been stocking up on these gems. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture; check out if you missed hearing me brag about it in previous posts.

I'm able to store butternut squash for several months before they go bad, and because we just can't keep up with the quantity of produce we get with our CSA (great problem to have, right?), I've chosen to store a few of these so we have fresh produce in the dead of winter.

Lucky for me, when we ran out of zucchini and peppers yesterday I could pull one of the butternuts and make a quick, yummy dish. For the non-meat-eater, this Butternut Squash Mexican Skillet is a great vegetarian source of protein.

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