So I know I promised you a recipe and I will get to that, but I have to tell you about new favorite workout….jumping rope! I have been wanting to get a jump rope to add some cardio to my weight workouts. I finally found what I wanted at Sports Authority. It’s this Nike Weighted Jump Rope, which is also available online. I added 1 minute of jumping between weight sets during my past 3 Thursday morning workouts. The added cardio boosts my heart rate, which in turn burns more calories and increases my energy levels at the start of the day. Plus, I must admit, it is super fun. I advise everyone to get out there and add something new AND FUN to your workout routine this spring. Ok, on to the recipe…you’ll be hungry after all that jumping.
Chickpea and Lentil Salad with Grilled Lemons
3 cups water
1/2 cup green (French) lentils, picked over, rinsed, and drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 lemon, thinly sliced and seeded
1 (15.5 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley (I omitted because I didn’t have it)
HEALTHY EXTRA: Add a large cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced to the salad.
1. Bring water, lentils, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt to boil in large saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until lentils are tender but hold their shape, 15-20 minutes. Drain; transfer to large bowl to cool.
2. Meanwhile, whisk together lemon zest and juice, paprika, oil, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in large bowl. Add lemon slices; toss to coat.
3. Spray ridged grill pan with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Lift lemon slices from juice mixture; reserve juice mixture. Place lemon slices in grill pan and cook until browned, about 2 minutes on each side. If desired, transfer to cutting board and coarsely chop.
4. Add lentils, lemon slices, chickpeas, scallions, and parsley to reserved lemon juice; toss to combine.
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving/375 g):
Fat: 3 g
Sodium: 543 mg
Carbs: 35 g
Fiber: 9 g
Protein: 11 g
Points Plus: 5