Jolene’s Lentil and Spinach Salad

Lentil Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 sprigs oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 oyster mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 8 grape tomatoes

Makes 2 servings

Directions

  1. Combine lentils, vegetable broth, garlic, oregano, sea salt and black pepper in a medium saucepan over high heat until liquid comes to a boil, approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce to medium heat and simmer, covered, 25 minutes or until lentils are cooked through. Drain and set aside.
  3. Steam oyster mushrooms in a small steamer. Remove and toss with vinegar. Set aside.
  4. Divide spinach and grape tomatoes among serving bowls. Place half of the reserved mushrooms in each bowl and divide lentils on top. Toss gently and serve immediately.

Why we love this recipe:
Fill up on this Lentil and Spinach Salad that isn’t just nutritious- it’s super easy to prepare!

If you’re trying to lose weight, lentils are real superheroes.  They provide lean protein–which gives your metabolism a boost as soon as you eat–helping you burn more calories throughout the day.  They also contain a lot of fiber, which makes you feel full, and they have tons of energizing vitamins and immune-boosting minerals.

Next up are those bone-strengthening oyster mushrooms. That’s right, mushrooms are great for building and maintaining strong bones! They’re the only naturally occurring source of both calcium AND vitamin D–and without vitamin D, your body can’t use the calcium that you eat (which is why dairy products are required to be fortified with vitamin D). Mushrooms also contain selenium, which acts as an antioxidant that may protect us from certain cancers. Turns out these little guys boast BIG benefits!

Last–but definitely not least–is spinach, which also may fight cancer by slowing the growth of some breast, skin, lung and stomach cancer cells. The carotenoids in spinach act as antioxidants, neutralizing disease-causing and immune system-weakening free radicals. Plus, spinach is a great veggie to add to your diet when you’re feeling stressed; it’s packed with two nutrients that will help you stay calm: magnesium and folic acid. Magnesium helps prevent stress, headaches, and fatigue; while folic acid will help maintain normal levels of serotonin in the brain (serotonin is the hormone that makes you feel happy and relaxed). In my antioxidant-rich eating plan, The O2 Diet , I often suggest eating spinach as your veggie serving with meals. Enjoy!

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