Diet Recipe: Lentils

This is the Greek-style recipe for lentils, but with an added French connection: sausage. It’s a very healthy dish, lots of fiber and iron in it. If you don’t add any olive oil, you still get a big, filling plate of lentils that’s only 200 calories.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 50 gr raw brown lentils (120 cals)
* 1/2 of a small tomato (10 cals)
* 1/2 of a low-cal sliced sausage (60 cals)
* 1 shallot (3 cals)
* 2 cloves of garlic (2 cals)
* 1/5 cup of lemon juice (5 cals)
* 1 tbspoon of olive oil (optional, 120 cals)
* salt

1. Put the lentils in a big open dish and go through them one by one to remove any non-lentil elements or small stones that may be found in the package. After that, wash the lentils with running hot water for a minute (use your hands to literally wash the lentils).
2. Add 3 cups of water in a saucepan under high heat. Cut the onion & the half tomato in small pieces and add them to the saucepan. Then, add the garlic, the lentils and the salt (and the olive oil if you are not dieting).
3. Replace the cover of the saucepan and let it cook for at least 30 minutes. Add more water as needed if the lentils are not yet cooked through (it should be a bit watery, but not as much as a soup — cooking times are different between brands so you will have to experiment).
4. About 5 minutes before it’s all ready, stir in the lemon juice and the sausage and continue cooking in medium heat. Serve hot.

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