Autumn Lentil Blend
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Red and brown lentils, yellow split peas, and moong beans are the star ingredients in our Autumn Blend. Believed to have originated in Central Asia and known to be nutrient dense, these legumes are often featured separately in Middle Eastern, Indian, and Asian traditional dishes. We have brought them together in a special blend with colors reminiscent of the fall. Hearty and nutritious, our Autumn Blend is a high protein vegetarian favorite and a fantastic addition to your menu.
The mild earthiness of red and brown lentils compliments the slightly sweet flavors of moong beans and yellow split peas in our Autumn Blend. A vegetarian favorite!
Basic Cooking Instructions:
Sort and rinse the blend before use. Bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup of lentils to a boil and allow the lentils to boil for 2-3 minutes. Add 1 tsp salt. Cover saucepan and cook on low heat for 25-30 minutes or until tender. Yields 2 cups.
Store in an airtight container. Store in a dark, dry, cool place for up to 2 years.
Autumn Blend is naturally gluten-free.
It is a good source of vegetarian protein. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a vegetarian-based diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by contributing to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and lower weight.
Autumn Blend is an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber. A high fiber diet will help you feel fuller for longer and has been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, improve digestion, help to lower blood sugar levels, and contribute to healthy weight.
Autumn Blend is high in iron. Iron is important for the production of red blood cells, helps our blood to oxygenate our bodies, and keeps us from feeling fatigued.
Autumn Blend is high in B vitamins, especially folate. B vitamins are beneficial to brain and nervous system health.
It is also high in minerals such as magnesium, potassium, phosphorous. Minerals play an important role in bone maintenance and cardiovascular health.
In China, moong beans (or mung beans) are sprouted and served stir-fried in a dish called Chop Suey. Mung beans are also a popular ingredient in ice cream.
The shape of an optical lens resembles the shape of a lentil. Its name was borrowed from the Latin word for lentil, “lens”.
Canada is the world leader in lentil exports.
Peas are one of the earliest cultivated crops and have been carbon dated back to almost 10,000BC. In comparison, the process of splitting peas is relatively new and wasn’t practiced until thousands of years later.
Pullman, WA hosts a National Lentil Festival each year, even crowning a King and Queen! Along with Northern Idaho, this part of Eastern Washington grows ¼ of all US lentils. That’s a lot of lentils!