These flavorful lentils are a perfectly effortless addition to a weeknight dinner or meal prep for the week.

Benefits:

Lentils are a great source of magnesium and folate, which help to improve heart health. They are also great for digestion and weight loss.

Carrots are low in calories and high in fiber, and they support eye and skin health thanks to their high Vitamin A content.

Onions are an excellent source of quercetin, a phytonutrient noted for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anticancer properties.

Flavorful French Lentils

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. avocado oil or olive oil

¼ cup (40 g) onion, diced

1 clove garlic, diced

1 carrot, diced

1 cup (200 g) lentils

½ tsp. dried thyme

2 ¼ cups water

¼ lemon wedge

salt, to taste

Instructions

In a medium stock pot over medium heat, add the oil, onion, garlic, and carrot. Cook for about 7 minutes, until fragrant. Then, add the lentils, thyme, and water. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium low for about 25 minutes, or until all water is absorbed. (You can drain off excess water if needed). Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the lentils and season with salt to taste.

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