Cooking with lentils
A versatile and inexpensive pantry staple, dried lentils are a Free Food on Slimming World’s Food Optimizing eating plan, which means you can eat them freely to satisfy your appetite. Here’s the lowdown on three popular varieties, plus how to work them into your weight loss week.
Ranging from light brown to black in color, these have a naturally mild, earthy taste and absorb other flavors nicely. Dried brown lentils take around 20 to 30 minutes to cook on the stovetop and hold their shape well, making them a great addition to Slimming World stews, veggie burgers, and even sloppy Joes, where they add a pleasant bite.
Red lentils are often used in dal, an Indian dish, where they take on a delightful creamy consistency. They cook in around 15 minutes, making them the ideal ingredient for a quick and easy meal. Blend cooked dried lentils with garlic and lemon juice to make a vibrant dip, or use them in place of peas to give split pea soup a colorful twist.
Also know as Puy lentils, or French green lentils, these little gems take longer to cook than their counterparts—around 45 minutes. Add cooked dried lentils to salads to make them even more filling, or for a simple side dish, try stewing them with thyme, chopped carrots, celery, and onions, and serve alongside salmon or skinless chicken.