Let ‘Em Eat Lentils

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My goal for tonight is NOT to do what I did last night, which was stay up until midnight working on a contract for the clinic and eating four of these epic cookies.  Whoops.


Easier said than done, of course.


At least I have a healthy dinner under my belt.  Good place to start.


Featuring… red lentils.  I usually buy the precooked lentils from Trader Joe’s but ventured out on a limb and grabbed these red lentils from the bulk bins at Whole Foods.


Fun facts about lentils:


  • They are technically legumes.


  • They’ve been eaten by humans for more than 9,000 years.


  • 1/4 cup of red lentils contains 13 grams of protein.


  • Lentils come in a rainbow of colors – brown, yellow, red, green, and orange.  Black ones are the smallest.


Now you know.  Winking smile  And they taste really good when mixed with marinara sauce and served on toast.


I overboiled mine (about 20 minutes, 5 minutes too long for these red lentils) but they were still tasty.




Thought of the Day:


I posted this on the HTP Facebook page but liked it so much that I wanted to share it here, too!


PS – Thanks for all your sleep advice today!  Soooo invaluable.  I’m pleased to report that H went down for a grand total of four naps (unfortunately, all very short – but it’s a lot of progress!) and is now dozing happily in his bed for the night.



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 13, 2012, 8:15 pm

    I love lentils too, but don’t buy/cook them nearly as much as I should! I think that’ll change though as the weather gets cooler and I crave more soups, stews, etc. Looks like a tasty dinner!! Hope tonight is a restful one! 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 13, 2012, 8:28 pm

    I have about a million lentil recipes I want to try, I’ve only had them a few times but I loved them so I need to start cooking them myself!

  • Alison September 13, 2012, 8:29 pm

    I seriously learned a lot from the comments of that sleep post today… I’m psyched to work on the 2,3,4 rule, I’d never heard that before and I’m on Baby #3!

  • Sana September 13, 2012, 8:36 pm

    You really should try and make daal. It is a simple Indian dish and it’s not hard 😉

  • Reenie September 13, 2012, 8:40 pm

    YEA…. Henry!!! And Caitlin…. and The Husband.

  • Abby September 13, 2012, 8:47 pm

    I think the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” is 100% accurate, moms are so full of knowledge that you could never find in a book (although books are super helpful to us first time moms too haha)

  • j3nn September 13, 2012, 8:50 pm

    Good to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t mind overcooked lentils. I just make them into a mash, lol. They’re so easy to overcook! Love them, though.

  • Kay September 13, 2012, 9:08 pm

    Yay naps and snoozing babies!

  • Julianna @ Julianna Bananna September 13, 2012, 9:17 pm

    i loved lentils!! i hardly actually cook them – the precooked TJs version is so much easier.

  • Ali September 13, 2012, 10:15 pm

    Red lentils are my favorite! I make tomato-lentil soup, which is very easy and very filling – just crushed tomatoes, lentils, carrots, onions, garlic, basil, s and p, veggie stock. Simmer until lentils are done. Delish.

  • Lindsay @ Healthforagers September 13, 2012, 10:23 pm

    Not sure what happens when he wakes up from his naps but we were having trouble getting my daughter (3 months also) to nap for as long as she should also. She would literally wake up like clockwork 45 minutes after she fell asleep. They say that 45 minutes is about the length of a sleep cycle for a baby and often babies have trouble transitioning from one cycle into another. I read the other day that what you can try doing is go in at 40 minutes (or we do 35 minutes just to be safe) and give the baby a pacifier or turn on some white noise and rock him/her through the transition. This has worked for us more than not over the past week. Our daughter was extremely cranky during the day (also due to acid reflux) and this technique has allowed her to get a full 1.5 hour nap and definitely helped with her crankiness. So, if H is waking up after about 40 or 45 minutes this might be something to try.

    • Jennifer September 13, 2012, 10:52 pm

      We tried this too. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. I ended up just driving myself crazy watching the clock. 😉

    • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 14, 2012, 5:43 am

      I think Ive heard this to be called “The 45 minute interrupter.” It starts around 3-4 months, I think, although you might want to research more to be sure. It’s a common issue though for babies this age, or so Ive read.

      Way to go Caitlin on the 4 naps! The more you keep at it the longer naps Henry will give you. 🙂

  • Michelle September 13, 2012, 10:40 pm

    In time, the naps will get longer and more spaced out. You’re doing great!!! In a few months, he’ll have 3 consistent naps a day. Then he’ll start dropping naps until he has one really long one in the afternoon.

  • Annette@FitnessPerks September 13, 2012, 11:40 pm

    mmmm lentils!!

  • Jamie@everydaydolce.com September 14, 2012, 12:05 am

    Lentils are one food I keep meaning to try! Your dinner looks delish 🙂 And so glad you are finding some solutions for the sleep stuff!

  • Maeve September 14, 2012, 12:33 am

    You know what is a great “overcooked” lentil dish? Khichri. I eat it all the time in Mumbai. Technically you are supposed to cook spices and rice in with the lentils (and let it all overcook to mush up) but I have thrown in rice and more spice when I accidentally overcooked lentils.
    I love the fluffiness when they are overcooked!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well September 14, 2012, 12:35 am

    I love lentils too! I haven’t ever thought to combine them with Marinara sauce. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats September 14, 2012, 7:52 am

    I have never tried cooking lentils before but that looks so good I might have to try it. Perhaps I’ll add that to my weekend to-do list…
    Congrats on the sleeping baby btw 🙂

  • Julie September 14, 2012, 7:55 am

    Have you tried Veganomicon’s Snobby Joes recipe? Basically sloppy joes made with lentils instead of ground beef? SOOO good! I especially like them open-faced on toast. My “meat and potatoes” husband even likes them! Just Google it – yum!

  • Amanda Hollenbaugh September 14, 2012, 8:23 am

    I’ve never effectively tried lentils. “Effectively” meaning the only I’ve tried them they were under cooked with too much bite to them which I’m sure affected the flavor, but it really turned me off from trying them again…they were the brown ones, too so maybe I should try another variety? I know they’re not that mysterious, but my husband and I just tend avoid them for some irrational reason 😉

    Glad the naps are going better 🙂

  • Amber K September 14, 2012, 8:54 am

    I have yet to try lentils, although I really should because they always look delicious!

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 14, 2012, 1:04 pm

    I know I tell you this pretty much every day, but I love your tasty/simple/healthy meals. You first turned me on to TJ’s pre-cooked lentils. Red lentils are next!

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb September 14, 2012, 1:53 pm

    Yum! Lentils rock! Green lentils are my fav though. I like to cook them in chicken or veggie stock along with an onion and some thyme. Sooo tasty!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 15, 2012, 9:50 am

    I still can’t believe I’ve never tried lentils!!!

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