Lentils, your free-pass to a low glycemic experience
Knowing the glycemic index of foods has gained popularity in the last few years. If you’re not familiar already, it’s one those things to learn more about. Every food has a different impact on our bodies: some highly processed, simple starches are readily absorbed and cause our blood sugar levels to spike, while other, more complex molecules take longer to digest and have a smaller (more ideal) impact on our glucose levels.
Lentils rank fairly low on the glycemic scale (a good thing) and are rich in many nutrients. Eating lentils will make you feel fuller for a longer period of time, and can help in avoiding mood swings and food cravings.
Ingredients – serves 4 portions
1 cup dry organic lentils (any kind)
2 1/2 cup vegetable stock
1 medium red onion chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
2 cups chopped butternut squash
1 large Portabella mushroom, chopped into cubes
1 tbsp dried parsley
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
2 tsp turmeric
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp cooking oil (FeedRight recommends grapeseed!)
Rinse the lentils well and soak them in 1 cup of the vegetable broth for about 15 minutes, while you get all the other ingredients prepared.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté the onions and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes, until tender. Add ginger and spices and allow them to release their oils for a more intense flavor. Next, add the lentils and remaining broth, butternut squash and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat, partially cover and let it simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring a few times to ensure even cooking. When butternut squash is tender, add Portabellas and cook for an extra couple of minutes. Make sure lentils are cooked to your liking (I like them a bit firm). If you prefer them softer, add about 5 extra minutes to the cooking time.
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