Lentil Minestrone

Minestrone is traditional Italian vegetable soup, often featuring a legume and a grain. This one features lentils, macaroni, and zucchini. Lentil Minestrone 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 stalks celery, sliced 3 large carrots, quartered lengthwise and sliced 1 medium bell pepper, diced 1 1/2 pounds zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced 28 ounces […]

Eating for Happiness

Happiness centers around several important neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamaine, endorphins, phenylethylamine, and anandamide. Serotonin is popularly known as the “feel-good hormone,” or your body’s own natural tranquilizer, hence the happiness factor. This is the neurotransmitter that antidepressants target in order to boost overall happiness levels. Up to 90 percent of your body’s total serotonin is located in your gut, […]

Brown Lentils

Lowering Health Risks with Lentils

Lentils (Lens culinaris) belong to the family Fabaceae, along with fava beans, edible-pod and mature peas, black eyed peas, adzuki beans, soybeans, common beans (green snap beans, pinto beans, heirloom beans, black turtle beans, kidney beans, and navy beans), jicama, lima beans, peanuts, chickpeas, carob, and licorice. The family also includes broom, gorse, and kudzu. Lentils originated in central Asia or the Near East, and have been part of the human […]

Brown Lentils

Loving the Benefits of Legumes

Legumes have been sustaining human life for over 10,000 years. All cultures use legumes in their traditional dishes. They are the only cultivated crop that improves the fertility of the soil in which they are grown, through the beneficial bacteria that live on their roots and by drawing nitrogen from the air into the soil. […]