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    Numbers Game: Answer

    I’m back!

    As much as I love this blog, there are times of the year when a full-time job and three evening classes take up the bulk of my time and energy — especially the last two weeks of the semester, when finals and papers abound.

    Thanks to all of you for your patience and encouraging e-mails during this mini hiatus!

    Alright, so let’s reveal some numbers on lentils.

    A half cup of cooked lentils (115 calories) contains 8 grams of fiber and 24 percent of the daily manganese requirement.

    Lentils are undoubtedly a stealth food for anyone not meeting fiber recommendations.

    All it takes is half a cup to get a third of a day’s needs!

    Last October, Oxygen Magazine published a vegetarian meal plan I concocted, which included this delicious lentil salad recipe:

    Preparation time: 45 minutes (don’t worry, most of that time is spent simmering lentils. A great time to catch up on with your Tivo)

    Yield: Four 1/2 cup servings


    2 cups dried lentils
    1 cup carrots, chopped

    1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

    5 garlic cloves, minced

    Chopped cilantro, to taste

    Salt, to taste

    Pepper, to taste


    1. Rinse dried lentils in water.
    2. Put lentils into a large pot with 9 cups of water. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer until lentils are tender.

    3. In a large bowl, mix lentils with carrots and olive oil. Mix with minced garlic cloves, cilantro, salt, and pepper.

    NUTRITION FACTS (per serving):

    188 calories
    7g fat

    1g saturated fat

    0g trans fat

    0g cholesterol

    24 mg sodium

    9g fiber

    9g protein


    One Comment

    1. Anonymous said on April 21st, 2008

      Yum! Thanks for the recipe.

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