It was one of those days. You plan to get home at a certain time, but life with a toddler sometimes makes tasks that should take 10 minutes take 20 or 30 minutes. Those few extra minutes wasted taking off shoes and putting them back on because “I DO IT! MEGHAN’S TURN TO PUT ON THE SHOE!” and strolling to the car because someone no longer wants to be carried anywhere add up when it comes to preparing meals.
So when we got home and I saw Lemony Lentil Salad on the meal plan for lunch, my heart sank a little. Lentils don’t make for an instant lunch. Lentils need to cook. My stomach growled as I considered making a meal plan swap for something that took less time.
But as I looked out the window at the gray sky and ominous clouds, the thought of a warm lentil salad sounded just right. I grabbed a few almonds to satisfy my hunger and went to work on the salad.
It doesn’t actually take all that long to make. 30-40 minutes, but much of that is idle time. And when it was ready and I took the first bite, I knew I made the right choice. The bright lemon flavor made up for the dreariness outside. The lentils, garlic, and salty capers balance the salad perfectly. Simple ingredients, but big flavor.Print
Lentils are a nutritional powerhouse (don’t you just love that overused term?) that are full of fiber and protein. If you don’t already make them a regular part of your life, you should. They tend to be a kid-friendly legume, as well, so don’t be afraid to offer this to your whole family.
Meghan wasn’t as patient as I was for this salad, so I served her an avocado sandwich while I was preparing my lunch. After eating it, I decided the leftovers were mine. All mine.