Lentil Salad – Healthy yet filling !!!

So I’m on week 4 out of 12 of my 1/2 marathon training.  Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’ve always wondered why most people who run all the time are not always skinny.  Well now I know.  I have never been so hungry in my life (well besides my pregnancies).    I’ve been running about 14 miles total per week which may not sound a lot…but for someone who usually runs about 3 miles a week, it is!  This is on top of my regular workouts (cardio/weights/yoga/tennis) but for some reason running makes me way hungrier !  Anyone else have this problem ??

Anywho, I made this amazing lentil salad recipe that is perfect for my run days…it is so filling…yet super healthy too.  I’ve already made 2 batches this week (and haven’t shared!).  I first tried it at my friend Louise’s house…she served it with grilled salmon and steamed baby bok choy…delish !  It is so easy to make too.

Lentil Salad Ingredients

 

Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad recipe

1 cup of lentils

1 bay leaf

2 roma tomatoes, diced

1 green onion sliced

A handful of Flat leaf parsley, chopped

1 bell pepper, diced

Grapeseed oil (i used olive oil)

The juice of a lemon with a little zest

A splash of white vinegar (i used apple cider vinegar)

1 shallot, diced

A little Dijon mustard

1 T honey or agave syrup

Bring water to a boil and add lentils, bay leaf, and a splash of oil.   Let lentils stand in hot water for 30 minutes.  Drain and let cool for another 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice and zest, vinegar, shallot, Dijon mustard, and honey/agave.  Add chopped tomatoes, parsley, green onion, and bell pepper.  

Remove the bay leaf and add the lentils to the mixture.  Put in fridge and chill for a couple of hours or more.  Serve cold.

For a mediterranean option, add artichokes and feta cheese and cut the mustard and sweetener out.

Serves 6.

Yum ! Going to have some now :) – Jenn

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About Jennifer

I am the mother of 2 beautiful children, Presley-7 and Cash-5 and married to an amazing husband and father, Todd. I have always thought of myself as a healthy person...I've always loved sports, working out and eating healthy. However, looking back, I've actually had a lot of unhealthy habits. I've tried every diet out there : Low fat (How did I think eating a box of fat free snackwells cookies was healthy?), Low carb (can you say fried pork skins GROSS)... as well as a long stint with disordered eating which started in college as a way to avoid those "freshman 15".
Well it wasn't until my 30s that I realized those kind of diets are just a quick fix, not a lifestyle. I think all foods can fit into a healthy diet as long as you practice moderation. I have found that I feel and look my best when I am eating mostly plant-based foods. Not to say I won't indulge in a filet every now and again... but I find that I crave meat less and less ! I have recently been fascinated with trying new vegetarian recipes...I NEVER thought I could give up chicken...used it eat it everyday, but I actually don't miss it at all.
I am trying to pass these healthy eating habits onto my children so they can avoid some of the diseases related to unhealthy diets.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a healthy day !!!!

Comments

  1. Wow, I”m not much of a runner but I’d start for this yummy looking and sounding salad! Delish!

  2. Melissa says:

    I can’t wait to make this Jenn…it looks REALLY YUMMY and looks easy to make! :)

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