May 28th
 

theresa albert - my friend in food

 

Taking your pulse(s)

lentils

I am the lucky conveyor of good news.  Since I wrote about adding beans to your day in Ace Your Health, I have learned more about how powerful beans and pulses are.  A study conducted at CCARM, Canada’s place of Agri-food research proves that they “may be classified as medicinal food”.  All it takes is 1/2 cup per day to see marked improvement in cholesterol levels, peripheral artery disease (hardening and narrowing of blood vessels) and glucose response.  Yes, it may be just that simple!

And here is how to make it easy and tasty to get that 1/2 cup…

Mediterranean Lentils

Preparation time: 3 minutes                                                                Servings: 8

19-oz can lentils

1tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2   garlic cloves, or 1 tsp powdered

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

freshly ground pepper, to taste

mixed herbs (thyme, basil, oregano, etc.), to taste

Drain lentils into a colander and rinse under cold water. Warm a cast iron skillet over medium heat and add oil and garlic. Sauté for 30 seconds and quickly toss in drained lentils. Stir for 30 seconds to heat through and mix in Parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast and ground pepper. Top with fresh or dried herbs to switch up the flavour.

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert

I love food, try to watch my weight, know more than I want to about healthy living (sometimes I wish I knew less so I wouldn’t feel so guilty when I stumble), am a daughter, sister, friend, mom and wife who worries and scurries the meals onto the table. It is for all these reasons that I completed my nutrition, RNCP designation, wrote my book, hosted my Food Network show, consult with food companies to urge them to get it right (or at least better), constantly write about it, research it, all of this so I can cut through the nutrition and food “news” clutter. Happy to share with friends!

 

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