Simple Lentils

Protein- and fiber- rich vegetarian meal!
Lentils are an amazing source of folate, iron, fiber, phosphorus, protein, vitamin B6, potassium, and zinc. 

For mommies who are expecting lentils are an incredible choice for any meal. One cup of cooked lentils contains more than half of your daily folate requirement! 

What you need:

1/2 cup brown lentils

4 carrots peeled and chopped

1 1/2 cup celery cleaned and chopped

1 1/2 cup chopped kale

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

1 white onion diced

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder (at the end season to taste)

3 cups of water (add more if needed)

In a large pot (with lid available) add olive oil and onions. Allow onions to cook until translucent. Then add lentils and sauté with onions on medium heat.

Next add carrots, celery, and tomatoes. Followed by salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Sauté until all vegetables are well seasoned.

Pour water in and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Season to taste.

Feel free to add any vegetables you enjoy in your soup! 

Idea from “What To Eat When You’re Pregnant” by Nicole M. Avena, PhD

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