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!