I often think of lentils as a big bowl of hot lentil soup to enjoy in the cold months. But this b is here to change things up!
I would describe myself as a 90% vegetarian. What does that mean exactly?
Basically I choose to eat vegetarian meals about 90% of the time. The other 10% I will eat what friends or family cook (meat or not) or I’ll eat meat when in a foreign country where it’s part of the local cuisine. It is a little odd but this works for me!
I find it much easier and less stressful to simply enjoy other people’s cooking and company without having to add an eating restriction. And for the other 90% of the time I get to experiment with delicious vegetarian meals made in my own kitchen (or the occasional restaurant).
Why be a vegetarian at all?
The main reason is it makes me feel good and happy. Since college I have found that a more plant based diet makes me feel better, healthier and all around happier. Eating lots of meat makes me feel bloated, slow and heavy to be totally honest. And I feel like my digestion just doesn’t work the same when I consume meat, like when I ate way too much sausage in Germany… not good (TMI).
The secondary reason is, I feel bad for the animals that are mistreated. I have nothing against hunting for food (not sport!) and eating animals that have lived a good life, but I do have a problem with factory farms. I will not go into the gory details of animal cruelty in these places, but for me at least, it’s definitely a meat turn-off.
And I should add that I am not at all opposed or against carnivores. My hubs and daughter both eat lots of meat. And I still kind of love them😋 Good news is that I do the groceries at our house, so at least I try to buy them organic, grass-fed, hormone free, free range animal products whenever possible.
So that’s me. I’m a 90% vegetarian that really truly loves veggies. Nice to meet you 🙋
The reason I wanted to share this, is because lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my protein intake especially with baby on the way. According to my doc, I should be getting roughly 70g of protein a day.
After doing the math, that seems like a lot! Especially when I do not eat meat regularly. This is where my buddies, legumes come in. One in particular that I LOVE, are lentils.
Normally I’d think of lentils in hot lentil soup but a few years ago, I started making cold lentil salads for work and got hooked!
Basically lentils are the star of this recipe, so it’s key that you use the right one, black or French/du puy lentils are best here. Then you add a bit of spring produce like asparagus and peas. Top it all with a vibrant lemony tahini dressing and you have yourself a totally satisfying protein-packed and totally portable spring lunch!
Good news for all of us keeping an eye on protein, this salad has a whopping 21g of protein per serving!
Today my lentil salad will be enjoyed with some homemade Naan at the park while I watch my toddler play 💃 no complaints here.
Recipe inspired by A Beautiful Plate.