Spicy LENTils

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1 cup brown lentils
1/4 cup jalapeños, (diced)
1 medium white onion, (diced)
1/4 cup mushrooms, (diced)
1 and 1/2 cups string beans (diced)
2 stalks celery (diced)
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp minced parsley
2 Tbsp olive oil


Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large pot on medium heat.
Add the diced onion, celery, and mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes.
Add the minced garlic and  sauté for 2 minutes.
Add the lentils, jalapeños, string beans, vegetable broth, red pepper flakes, and parsley.
Raise heat to medium-high and cook for 5 minutes, occasionally stirring.
Reduce heat, and simmer for 35 minutes until lentils are soft.
Serve and enjoy!

Portions: Women: 1 cup / Men: 2 cups

This recipe may be used as a protein and vegetable for Meals 2, 3, and 4 on the Remedy Recipes book format. When having it at Meals 2 or 3, you may add quinoa, brown rice, or barley, (1/2 cup for women, 1 cup for men.) At Meal 4, a cup of riced cauliflower may be added rather than the usual Meal 4 salad.

Some historical records indicate that lentils were used as a protein in Europe during the Roman Empire, while others date the use of lentils even further back in ancient India. They are a fairly good source of protein and are an excellent ingredient for soups and stews. There is no need to pre-soak the lentils prior to cooking. The lentils cook in 30 minutes, and cooking them with other ingredients helps a recipe to blend and maximize flavor. We created this recipe during LENT this year, and found that the jalapeños were a great addition that gave the recipe a little extra spicy flavor.  This recipe is 100% vegan. We hope that you enjoy it!

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About the author

John M. Di Fazio II
John M. Di Fazio II

John M Di Fazio II is a nutrition consultant, a personal trainer, and a massage therapist and has twenty years of experience working in the fitness industry. He was employed by Gold's Gym for thirteen years and in 2005 co-founded Remedy Fitness, a unique fitness establishment located in East Setauket, New York. While in the employ of Gold's Gym, he was recruited into Nutritionalysis, a nutrition company based in Venice Beach, California that specialized in individualized nutrition programs, and received his certification. Excelling in the field, his clientele grew by thousands. While establishing such a full clientele in nutrition and personal training, John also graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a bachelors degree in philosophy and also graduated from the New School for Holistic Health & Research on Long Island, New York with a degree and a New York State license for massage therapy.

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