Happy Veg Week, a week to test the waters of plant based nutrition and health, to learn the facts about conventionally raised meat and milk and the impact on the planet, no wonder it coincides with Earth Day.
This week I'll be posting lots of veggie recipes even the biggest meat man will love!
Today on my recipes page I have posted a recipe for an excellent Red Lentil Soup but first a few things about why the red lentil is a healthy choice for anyone.
Some of the nutrient value for this meal, as it is a filling nutritious dish that has a good amount of protein @ apx 18 grams per cup (lentils only) and only 230 cals.
Other amazing health benefits of Lentils; They are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, but are particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, that we discussed, folate and iron. studies show they can help stabilize blood sugars, and aid in weight loss. They are associated with lower cholesterol, and help ward against constipation.
They have a lower soaking threshold than other beans and legumes that make them easy to prepare, but with any grain, bean, legume, or pulse, I always recommend a good soak. follow this link for more information on why soaking is so important.
What about cost?
Prices will vary depending on where you shop but I bought a bag of organic lentils 500g = apx 2.5 cups for $1.99, Cabbage the whole head was 4.26 (a big sucker) /4 = 1.07ish, 3 organic carrots out of a bag of apx 20 or so for 2.20 = .66, 1/2 the organic onion out of a bag of 6@ 3.50 = .30 ish, 2 cups of kale was apx 1/2 bunch I bought on sale for 1.50 = .75, I always have organic turmeric and curry in my house so it was a few cents for each spice, you can buy these in bulk for minimal price at most ethnic stores and sometimes found at some health food stores in bulk but mostly packaged, this might vary the price for this dish if you need to invest in spices. And mere pennies for the sea salt and pepper.
The grand total for this lovely pot of soup that can feed a family of 4...drum roll........Apx $4.00 dollars, with possible leftovers, 18 grams of protein per suggested serving, what a great vegetarian option for Veg Week! You might not be a vegetarian for life but try it for a week and see how you feel.