Low Cost Lentils Provide Nutrition and Great Taste

23 May, 2008 (12:15)

RECIPES: Cooked Lentils, Lentil Loaf, Lentil Burgers, Lentil ‘Meatballs’

By Rae Udy

Food costs are skyrocketing and many are struggling to provide nutritious and healthful food for their families.

Lentils are nutritious and delicious, but also very inexpensive. A one pound bag of lentils costs less that one dollar. With this one bag you can make one lentil loaf, a dozen lentil burgers and two dozen ‘meatballs’.
Lentils are also ideal for a busy cook because these beans do not require a lengthy soaking time and cook quickly in about 20 minutes. Look for lentils in the dry bean section of most grocery stores.
One cup of cooked lentils contain 230 calories and only one gram of total fat. Lentils are low in sodium with four milligrams and they are a very good source of dietary fiber with 15 grams or 63 percent of daily value needed.
Lentils are also a great source of iron by providing 37 percent daily value. Lentils are high in protein with almost 18 grams per cup and provide calcium and vitamin C and are cholesterol-free.
The website, (www.calorie-count.com/calories/item/16070.html) calorie-count.com gives lentil an A rating for all around nutrition.
Delicious Lentil Loaf can be served steaming hot as a main dish or sliced cold for sandwiches.
Lentil Burgers are very inexpensive to make, costing just pennies each. These are a fun and tasty way to introduce legumes to the family. These ‘burgers’ are cooked like pancakes so there is no forming of messy patties by hand.
Lentil ‘Meatballs’ are great served as appetizers dipped in low-fat Ranch dressing or added to spaghetti sauce. The lentil loaf, burgers and ‘meatballs’ freeze well after baking and can be easily warmed in the microwave.

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Comment from Adrian
Date: December 4, 2008, 9:47 am

I once read somewhere that the typical daily rations for the soldiers in the Scottish army was a handfule each of Lentils and Oatmeat. I have often wondered how a person would prepare such a diet with possibly a billy can and an open fire.

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