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What’s For Lunch? March 22, 2011

Filed under: Lunch,Vegetarian — Luv What You Do @ 8:57 pm
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In an attempt to defy lunchtime boredom, I went searching for a different lunch option (besides my usual turkey sandwich or PB & J).  I found this in a Weight Watcher cookbook. I am always looking for other sources of protein, especially at lunch.  Lentils and chickpeas are healthy, vegetarian options, so I figured I would try this.

I found the French (green) lentils at Whole Foods…surprise, surprise!  They are fun colors and I was excited to try them.

They were much easier to make than I expected.  Combine the water, lentils, and a pinch of salt.  Bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, oil, smoked paprika, and remaining salt, whisking to combine.  I found this great addition to my Salsa Maker. I never knew I had a juicer, but what a great day to find it!

Slice the lemon and soak in the oil mixture.  Then grill over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Cut the lemons and return them to the oil mixture with the chickpeas (rinsed and drained), scallions, and lentils (rinsed, drained, and cooled).  Stir to combine.

I was pleasantly surprised with how tasty my salad turned out…especially with the smoked paprika!  The textures of the lentils mesh perfectly with the chickpeas.  My salad made for a fun lunch today with  grilled toasted cheese and some fruit.  I also had my baked oatmeal (from yesterday’s post) for breakfast…what an exciting day of food!

If you haven’t given lentils a try yet, I highly suggest it!  They are high in fiber AND protein AND very tasty!  I had to type this out twice (because of a computer error) so I am off to bed.  Stay tuned for the recipe later this week!

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3 Responses to “What’s For Lunch?”

  1. I’m totally loving this combo of flavors! Delish!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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