When the sky is grey, the days are shorter, and it’s rainy, one has no other choice but to seek comfort, comfort food to be exact. Lentils are one of my comfort foods. Usually comfort foods and healthy foods can’t stand each other but lentils and brown rice seem to be an exception. I find lentils to be flavorful and very satisfying. If you are vegetarian or simply want to reduce the amount of meat you consume, lentils are the perfect choice as they are one of the best vegetable sources for iron. In fact, lentils are popular in many parts of the world for those who adhere to a strict vegetarian diet or cannot afford meat.
In addition to iron, these little green wonders are a good source of protein when paired with rice, grains or nuts, as well as fiber potassium, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B3, copper, vitamin A, vitamin B6, calcium, and phosphorus. Fiber is important for the health of the digestive system and for lowering cholesterol. All the more reason to cook up this easy-to-make, hearty, stew-like dish!