I learned recently that true vegetarians, ones that are not eating meat on this diet, can eat 2 tablespoons of lentils on their pure protein days and as many as they wish on protein vegetable days. Good news for you! Consolidation Phase-ers can have 8 ounces daily. BUT, if you’re not a vegetarian or in Consolidation, please don’t eat lentils. This recipe is delicious–skip the avocado (pictured) unless you’re in the later phases of the diet also.
1 small onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups dried lentils
4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped
Brown onion and carrots in a bit of cooking spray, in a large Dutch oven or pot, for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add lentils and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 35-45 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Check soup every 10 minutes or so and add a bit of water if soup gets too thick. Stir in cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with jalapeno.