Lentils for Health

Good afternoon and welcome to April the 17th (Happy Birthday, Dad!), which could have been a beautiful Spring day if we didn't live here in the frozen wasteland which is Londontario. Instead, we are looking out at a grey-white sky with tiny beads of snow which are, in the immortal words of e.e. cummings, "carefully everywhere descending." Seems we must keep on patiently waiting to watch as "Spring opens (touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first rose." Sigh.

But enough about non-Spring, winter hangover, dark cloudy days of rain and cold. How about them lentils? These little bundles of energy slash amino acids slash copious amounts of molybdenum and fibre are delicious in all kinds of dishes. They are also gaining a reputation as a fighter of belly fat. There were an awful lot of articles on the web recently talking about studies which have shown this, including this one in Canada's own Chatelaine. Did you know that Canada is the world's largest exporter of lentils? Neither did I. Go Canada! Blanketing the world in a veritable snowstorm of small legumes, because that's what we're good at.

Another nice article giving a shoutout to the great belly-flattening impact of meat-free eating is Prevention Magazine. They have also posted 12 great meatless recipes for you to flip through and perhaps bookmark for a future Monday meal-prep. Do you keep your computer in your kitchen? Or do you have an iPad or "aPad" you can prop near the stove when you're cooking? Costco has already offered a stand-up cookbook ereader which people cleared out in no time. I think the future of cookbooks, like most of the rest of publishing, is electronic. 

Have a great day and enjoy this week's recipe, which had to feature the great taste of lentils.