Friday, February 13, 2009


When I was younger I never used to eat legumes. It was not because my mom never used to makes legumes for meals, it was because I could not stand eating them. The only legumes I ever ate was lentils. Legumes in the Mediterranean diet is very important and one has to eat of this food group at least twice a week.
It was just recently that I started eating legumes with a passion because I decided that I wanted to shed 2-3 kg. I was going to do this by eating more legumes and less meat and fast food. I did loose the weight, but I put it back on again. I am a meat person, what can I say ? Don't get me wrong...I still eat legume three times a week, and I love it! Plus is is great for one's GI tract.

What follows is the recipe for how I make legumes which is adapted from the way my mom makes them.

  • 1.5 cups of lentils (brown coloured)
  • 0.5 cup of rice
  • 2 onions (chopped)
  • 1 cube of stock (beef or chicken)
  • olive oil (to fry the onions)
  • Fry onions until golden brown and set aside
  • Boil water in a saucepan and add lentils. Boil lentils for 15 minutes.
  • Strain the water and pour fresh boiling water in the saucepan with the lentils.
  • Add the rice, the cube of stock and and the fried onions and boil for another 15-20 minutes depending on whether you like the lentils soft or crunchy.
  • Drain the excess water, if any.
  • Enjoy!

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