Lemony Lentils

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
5 min 30 min 4
Lemony Lentils
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1 cup Brown lentils, raw (mung or masoor)
1/2 small White onion
1 clove(s) Garlic (or 1 tsp pre-chopped)
1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
2 small Carrots (or 1 small sweet potato)
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Coriander, ground
1 medium Lemon (1-2 lemons)
2 sprig Cilantro (coriander) (chopped - optional)


1. Dice the onion and carrots (or cut into small chunks if it’s a sweet potato) & sauté in olive oil until soft.

2. Mince the garlic & add with Cumin and Coriander, sauté for 1 – 2 min.

3. Add dry lentils and mix thoroughly.

4. Add enough water to cover the lentils by two inches & bring to a boil.

5. Reduce heat to low & simmer until soft (usually about 30 min for split lentils).

6. Squeeze fresh lemon into individual portions.


Options to serve with:

100% corn tortillas

whole wheat chapattis


whole grain pita

brown rice

Nishta Saxena is a Registered Dietitian, Paediatric and Family Nutritionist, founder of Vibrant Nutrition, and proud Mama of two. In her practice she helps families through all stages of nutrition. She is also a food and nutrition expert with Global National News, and makes regular contributions to CTV Your Morning, the Globe and Mail, and CBC.ca. Nishta believes that nutrition can transform lives, and it is her goal to change lives through her work.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 218
Calories from fat 43
Calories from saturated fat 6.2
Total Fat 4.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.8 g
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 27.4 mg
Potassium 411 mg
Total Carbohydrate 34 g
Dietary Fiber 7.0 g
Sugars 2.3 g
Protein 12.7 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Fruit 0.3
Meat Alternative 1.3
Vegetables 1.5

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