Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Why You Should Eat Lentil Soup at Least Once a Week


If you're looking for a power-packed entrée or soup to spice up your life, look no further than the lowly lentil. Perhaps there was a reason why that lentil pottage was so tempting in the biblical story of Jacob and Esau. Esau knew that lentil soup would give him strength and put meat on his bones.

Meet Mr. Lentil

In case you are something less than a lentil aficionado, here's the skinny on these small, disk-shaped legumes. Lentils come in dozens of varieties and almost as many colors. Dishes based around lentils are especially popular in the Middle East and India.

Lentils make delightful soups, croquettes and patties. They can also be used in casseroles, salads and stews. Lentils are fast and simple to prepare, and make a nourishing, hearty and inexpensive meal when eaten with brown rice.

Be sure to pick through and then wash lentils before cooking. Also, avoid overcooking, unless your goal is to create a lentil mush.

Health Benefits of the Lowly Lentil

Lentils have been shown to be an excellent source of some vitamins and minerals such as Iron, Potassium and Folate. Lentils are also considered to be a good source of Niacin.

In terms of actual diseases, the consumption of legumes (such as lentils) have been shown to:

? reduce the risk of coronary heart disease

? lower cholesterol levels

? provide a source of beneficial high fiber for persons with diabetes

? help in reducing triglycerides

Looking for Lentils?

If you don't have time to cook, look no further than your grocery isle for a can of Progresso Lentil Soup. While Progresso is pretty good, many canned soup products do contain a high degree of salt. You may be able to find low-salt lentil soups at your local health food store.

Lentils are not really that hard to cook, so another option would be to simply pick-up a few bags and get started yourself. There are many lentil-related recipes online. Following is one that should whet your appetite (notice the alphabet-shaped noodles-if you can't locate these in your store, I'm sure traditional elbows will work just the same):

Lentil Soup Mix Recipe

2-1/2 c. green split peas (16 oz. pkg.)
2-1/2 c. lentils (16 oz. pkg.)
2-1/2 c. pearl barley (16 oz. pkg.)
2 c. alphabet macaroni (8 oz. pkg.)--I use brown rice instead
1 c. dried onion flakes (2 3/8-oz. pkgs.)
1/2 c. celery flakes (1 3/8-oz. pkg.)
1/2 c. parsley flakes (1 1/4-oz. pkg.)
(Optional: 1-1/2 t. thyme; 1-1/2 t. white pepper)

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Stir before using. Makes 10 c. of mix.

TO COOK: Combine 1 c. of soup mix with 4 c. of water or seasoned stock in large pan. Add 1 c. of cooked chopped meat, if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover pan. Simmer gently for 45 to 60 minutes, or until peas are tender. Add 1/2 t. salt if desired.

Speaking of Mixes

If you want the taste experience of a home-cooked meal but don't have time to make your own mix, there are a number of lentil soup mixes available online. The Mediterranean Lentil Soup mentioned in the resource box below is one of my favorites, and the red lentils it features make a colorful contribution to any meal.

So if you're getting tired of burgers, fries, or whatever else you've been eating, may I recommend the lowly lentil as a healthy food option? Now that McDonalds and other fast food chains appear to be getting more health conscious, perhaps we should start a letter-writing campaign for some lentil-related options. But until that day comes, you can find lentils in your health food store, many grocery stores, and certainly online.

Cari Haus is webmaster for http://www.thevegetarianexpress.com/, a website offering vegan food mixes and seasonings-including a mix for Mediterranean Lentil Soup. This article is not intended to give any health advice, and should not be construed as such


MORE RESOURCES:

USDA.gov (press release) (blog)

National Nutrition Month: Raising a Healthier Generation through Diet, Education
USDA.gov (press release) (blog)
Our nutrition assistance programs, such as the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, provide children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy lifestyles for the long term. To make this happen, it's imperative we teach our ...
Schools celebrate child nutrition with push for breakfastWECT-TV6
Dodge City Middle School leads breakfast initiativesDodge City Daily Globe
Efforts underway to improve participation in school breakfast program in KansasThe Kansas City Kansan
Public News Service -Wisconsin Ag Connection
all 35 news articles »


Pulse

Distorting Nutrition Facts to Generate Buzz
Huffington Post
In mid-February, the government released a scientific report that will shape its 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Think of it as America's basic nutrition policy. Most people who read the report would have viewed it as a snore; not much has changed.
Full Circle on What's Best to EatNew York Times

all 5 news articles »


The News Journal

March is nutrition month, and start of annual challenge
The News Journal
What we choose to eat on a regular basis has an impact on our energy level, our weight, our immune system and our risk of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Each March and throughout the year, the Academy of Nutrition and ...
March: A month of food, nutrition and agricultureOhio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net
Recipe and photo challenge for National Nutrition MonthRochester Democrat and Chronicle (blog)
A Green Monster's Guide to Plant-Based NutritionOne Green Planet
FOX 40 News WICZ TV -Newbritainherald -KUSI
all 40 news articles »


cleveland.com

Pump up the nutrition during Lent with sweet potatoes, fresh ricotta or ...
cleveland.com
Jamie Simpson, a young chef from the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, sister to the nutritional education program called Veggie U, gave us this recipe for Chili-Lime Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Ricotta Cheese this summer. But it's just as ...



Military Times

New site gives MRE nutrition facts
Military Times
What about the nutrition value of an entire Pork Sausage Patty, Maple, meal? This information is readily available on the packaging of combat rations. But a new online database lets troops get that information before they get into the field. The Combat ...



Journal Times

Quinn on Nutrition: Multiple choices from 2015 Dietary Guidelines
Journal Times
Every five years, this esteemed group of nutrition professionals convenes to review the findings from current nutrition research. Based on the evidence at hand, these advisors makes recommendations out of which will become the 2015 Dietary Guidelines ...
Nutrition Panel Cracks Down on SugarKOLO
Local nutrition experts praise, question proposed new US dietary guidelinesWorcester Telegram
Nutrition Advisory Panel Recommends Americans Eat Less Meat To Save the ...KCET
Hudson Reporter
all 92 news articles »


NOLA.com

LSU nutrition center groundbreaking delayed
NOLA.com
LSU will delay the groundbreaking for the athletic department's $12 million Tiger Nutrition Center in wake of the anticipated deep cuts in education, the school said in a statement issued through the sports information office. LSU athletic director Joe ...
Construction of $12M LSU nutrition center delayed because of proposed budget ...The Advocate
LSU delays groundbreaking on Tiger Athletic Nutrition CenterLSU The Reveille
LSU Delays Construction on Athletic Nutrition CenterLSUSports.net

all 4 news articles »


School lunches part of nutrition conference discussion
KXAN.com
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC) — Parents, what your child eats at school will be part of a discussion Tuesday in Washington. Nutritionists from around the country are meeting for their annual conference on school nutrition. They are calling for a change in ...



Huffington Post

What Nutrition Experts Eat On Vacation
Huffington Post
If you're a healthy eater who practices portion control, you know a vacation can put a dent in your healthy lifestyle. Whether you're kicking back and relaxing for a week or getting to know a new city, counting calories doesn't exactly sound appealing ...

and more »


Woodstock Sentinel Review

Oxford school nutrition program gets national honor
WTVA
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Oxford School Distict has earned national recognition for its nutrition programs. The OSD Child Nutrition Department recently earned the HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze Award for its commitment to providing healthier ...
Oxford School District Child Nutrition Department Earns National Distinction ...The Local Voice
School Nutrition Partnership seeks new membersWoodstock Sentinel Review

all 3 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.