If you are looking for a healthy family meal that will please everyone, then give this one a try. We had this during the RECLAIM week of our Beachbody Ultimate Reset. Which is Week 1 Day 3 and we had this as part of our lunch. The flavors in this salad are amazing and the salad itself is very filling.
We are very familiar with lentils in our house as we use them in our scrambled eggs, salads and as a dip with Feta cheese and bruschetta. So we were pretty sure we would enjoy this salad. The Beachbody Ultimate Reset Nutritional Guide suggests cooking your lentils at home which is always the best thing to do. But as a busy mom I can’t always fit that into my schedule so I use Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils Ready to Eat Warm or Cold. They are really easy to use and always taste fresh. For the Lentil-Lime Salad I heated up the lentils as they break apart easier and seem to have a creamier texture when they are warm. The recipe from the Beachbody Ultimate Reset Nutritional Guide suggests letting the salad sit refrigerated for two hours. Again, I don’t always have that time so we served ours right after preparing the salad and it was still full of amazing flavor. This is an excellent meal for those who are looking to add a more Vegan style of eating into their healthy family meals.
At 120 calories per serving and 6g of protein lentils are a great way to mix up a low calorie yet filling meal. This will definitely be a salad we will be serving up regularly at our house. You can even make up a big batch and store it in your refrigerator and use it as a take-on-the-go lunch for work or on busy days away from home.
This is what you will need:
- 1 cup cooked green lentils
- ½ cup grated raw carrot
- ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1½ tsp. sesame oil (or more, to taste)
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (or more, to taste)
- Bragg® Liquid Aminos or Himalayan salt (to taste)(optional)
- ¼ tsp. ground cumin (or more, to taste)
- Herbal seasoning (to taste; optional)
Cook lentils until tender, but don’t overcook. (Or use Trader Joe’s steamed Lentils) Add carrots and cilantro mix well. Stir oil, lime juice, salt, and spices together in a small bowl, then gently stir into the lentil mixture. Let sit, covered, in refrigerator for 2 hours. Adjust seasonings if needed. Even better the next day! Serves 1.
Nutrition (as prepared above per serving)
- 320 calories
- 8 g fat
- 1 g saturated fat
- 0 mg cholesterol
- 50 mg sodium
- 48 g carbohydrate
- 17 g fiber
- 19 g protein
- 944 mg potassium