If you keep avocados in your kitchen, you have a treasure. With an avocado you can do wonders! It can be used in countless combinations for quick, light and above all healthy meals and snacks. Even juices and smoothies! On this blog we will explore many of these recipes.
For the impressive nutritional value of avocados you can read the article: Avocado, one more superfood. As for lentils, I’m sure most of you know, but let’s look about it briefly:
Lentils, once considered the food of the poor, are rich in fiber, both soluble and insoluble – 15 grams of fiber in just one cup lentils (which help lower cholesterol and prevent constipation). Lentils contribute to heart health (protection from coronary and cardiovascular disease), not only because of the fiber, but also because of the significant amounts of folate and magnesium contained. Moreover, lentils are particularly important for the management of glucose disorders, by blocking the blood sugar levels to rise rapidly after a meal. They are a very good source of protein. Fifty grams of lentils contain as much protein and have 67 grams of beef and they also contain almost all essential amino acids needed by the body to use protein. Missing only two, but combining lentils with other vegetables, such as corn and spinach, we can get a complete protein. Finally, the iron that they contain is particularly important for young people and pregnant women. Please note that lentils do not require soaking, like beans, only inspiration for wonderful creations!
Avocado with smoky lentils salad
- ¼ cup lentils
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 small red pepper (not the hot ones)
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- ¼ tsp. chili flakes (if you do not like spicy food, use less)
- ½ tsp. sugar
- ½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes or chopped canned tomatoes
- ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 avocado
- 1 tsp. tablespoons parsley or coriander, chopped
Boil the lentils in salted water, to which you have added the bay leaf, about 15'-17 ', until tender. Drain and discard the bay leaf.
In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and fry the onion and red pepper until wilted, 3'-4' approx. Add the garlic and chili flakes and sauté for another minute.
Add tomatoes, sugar, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Allow to simmer for 7'-8 '.
Add the lentils, stir and remove from heat.
Cut the avocados lengthwise, remove the pit, place it on your plate and top with lentils and garnish with parsley or cilantro.
4.0g Saturated fat
Nutritional Facts per Serving
The smoked paprika gives a special and very interesting flavor in lentils. I use it very often, but this way I’d not tried before. I saw the recipe here and I admit I was very curious to try it … I put my own twist and voila! Avocado with smoky lentil salad is ready for you to try it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!