As much as I absolutely 💛 the lowly but mighty lentil, try as I might to pass this love onto my small people.👧👧👶
Why do I rate #lentils? Quite simply they are superfoods. 🔝Somehow they became known as ‘hippy food’ (as though this was a slur!) in the 70’s presumably because they should form a main staple of a #vegetarian diet. But these bad boys are bloody good for every type of diet (except Paleo, Keto etc. but that’s a whole other post...) .
Lentils are AMAZING sources of #fibre and #protein - higher than the trendier and much more expensive #quinoa! 💰Also they smash most other healthy grains in terms of folate and iron. Both micronutrients we all need to keep an eye on ESPECIALLY in certain people.
So how do I get lentils in my children? I’ve tried a range of things: vegetarian Bolognese (didn’t go down well, but it’s delicious, knocks the socks off the beef version IMO!) Indian daal - sometimes they like this but theres a lot of persuasion with chutney and popadoms. And then hiding them in baked goods. (Surprisingly easy and delicious filler in cakes, chef google can accommodate you with a recipe) But sometimes I do want them to know what they are eating and appreciate it for what it is.🙏🏻
Then one day I had the brain wave 💡of trying to up the nutritional stakes of the parental staple: baked beans by adding some lentils. I told the kids these are what cowboys ate and so and behold cowboy beans were born! 🐎🌵If I use the french stuff (Puy lentils) this gets upgraded to pirate beans - equally cool apparently. ⛵️
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