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.