Colorful Cabbage and Lentil Cooked Salad

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When dinner time came yesterday, I was hangry and lazy.  I wanted to throw something together that was filling, but was also really easy and didn’t take a lot of work on my part.  This cabbage and lentil salad was just the thing!  Super filling due to the fiber and the protein from the lentils…Super delicious due to the different flavors in there…and as always SUPER DUPER healthy due all the fantastic ingredients.  I mean, duh, the two main ingredients are cabbage and lentils, both of which are crammed full of health benefits!

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Look at all that awesome nutrition in this meal.  Not only will you be fully sated after this meal, you will also feel amazing because of how healthy this meal is!

COLORFUL CABBAGE AND LENTIL COOKED SALAD

Ingredients (serves 2-3):

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1/4 head of green cabbage, chopped into thin slices
  • 1/4 head of red cabbage, chopped into thin slices
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup broth (any kind will do) or 1/2 cup water
  • sea salt and pepper for seasoning
  • shredded cheese for topping (I used a hard goat cheese), optional

Directions:

1.) Prepare the lentils as described on the package.  Set aside.

2.) Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and cook until it starts to sweat (about 3-5 minutes).

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3.) Add the carrots, red cabbage, green cabbage, paprika, oregano, and broth (or water).  Cook until the cabbage is soft (about 10-15 minutes).

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4.) Add the lentils to the pan and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

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5.) Transfer to plates, season with salt and pepper, and top with shredded cheese, if desired.

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See?  Super easy, super healthy, super filling, and SUPER DELICIOUS!  Enjoy! 🙂

HEALTHY LENTIL PEPPER BAKE

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The other day while perusing Pinterest, I came across the following pin.

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It links to a really yummy looking lentil salad recipe.  It made me want to make something with lentils and veggies for dinner, but with the weather being so cold still, I wanted something that was similar to warm comfort food, so I ended up making a Lentil Pepper Bake that turned out fantastic!

The variety of ingredients makes for a lot of different flavors that go together perfectly!  It’s beyond delicious!  I also really like this dish because it is filling, but low in calories.  Every ingredient is good for you, so it is packed full of nutrition.  This dish makes for a fantastic dinner on a chilly winter night!

LENTIL PEPPER BAKE

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup green lentils
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 4 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large green apple, cored and chopped
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 3 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 ounce shredded goat’s milk cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 ounce shredded goat’s milk gouda cheese
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Rinse the lentils and set aside.

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2.) In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook till tender (about 5 minutes).

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3.) Add garlic powder, water, and lentils.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 25 minutes.

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4.) Add the peppers, apple, basil, cranberry juice, and tomatoes.  Mix well.

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5.) Transfer to a 9 by 13 inch glass baking dish.  Sprinkle both shredded cheeses on top.

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6.) Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

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Serve immediately.  You will love this dish – SO yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂

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