I originally created this recipe for another blog several years ago. By request, I dug it out of the archives to repost it here. Perfect for summer BBQs!
Lentils are a great source of resistant starch. Resistant starch is starch that our bodies cannot digest, so it travels down to our large intestine where our gut bacteria can digest it. (P.S. SO COOL.) Those bacteria ferment the resistant starch to short-chain fatty acids, like butyrate. Butyrate does a LOT for us - a crucial component of gut health, and also helpful for brain health, weight maintenance and cancer prevention.
We’ve been doing a deep dive on nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics. It’s some complex stuff, and it kind of makes me want to hide my head in the sand.
But it’s also the future of understanding nutrition, disease prevention, and health, so nutrition professionals really should have a decent grip on this stuff. Why is it so important?
So I don't know enough (anything) about exotic cuisine to determine whether or not the title of this recipe is accurate, but let's go with it. This salad is a tasty trifecta of sweet and savory and spicy.
I made it on a whim when we were grilling burgers and I realized that we had nothing to go with them because my 2 year old had eaten all the sweet potato fries I baked up. #parenthood
Christmas week was the greatest. We had so much fun, spent time with so many of our favorite people. Last year I was in a sleepless fog and barely registered what was going on. This year we have a toddler who decorates trees, sings Christmas songs and loves Santa. I am totally the sappy, cheesy, sentimental parent right now. But this year was just so, so awesome.
"WHAT CAN I BRING?" --ERIN.
"A SALAD." --EVERYBODY, ALL THE TIME.
It's most likely due to the fact that I was a vegetarian for 20 years. Or the fact that I'm pretty particular about what I eat. Or that I've got food sensitivities and no one knows what to feed me. Or maybe people really just need someone to bring a salad.
"So, what DO you eat...? Salads?"
If I had a nickel for every time I heard this.... while I may not be rich, I could probably fund a pretty sweet vacation. Being a vegetarian for 20 years (plus somewhat of a health freak), I've met this question too many times to count. So to answer? Yep...I eat salads.
So I've heard that the term "Open Sesame" - the command that unlocks the treasure-containing cave in the story Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves - stems from the fact that sesame pods pop open when the seeds are mature and ready to eat. Whether or not this is true, one fact remains: sesame is a super nutritious & tasty food to work into your routine.
I had family in town Friday through Sunday, so while I didn't find much time to blog about my salad concoctions, I still found time to eat my greens and successfully complete 7 full days of the Salad-a-Day Challenge. Truth be told, this was not much of a "challenge" for me. I love to eat leafy greens in all shapes and forms - cooked, raw, chopped, blended (yes, blended - Green Smoothies!) - so I typically consume at least one big salad every day.
Sick of salads? Sounds like you need some inspiration...or some Pinspiration. Yes! That same site used to plan imaginary weddings, hoard inspirational quotes and gather organization techniques you will never use can actually be utilized for something other than killing time on commercial breaks!