Rainbow Lentil Blend
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We have chosen a colorful and deliciously nutritious mix of red lentils, green split peas, barley, moong beans, and Indian black lentils to create our Rainbow Blend. Full of protein and rich in fiber, the Rainbow Blend features legumes and grains from several different world cuisines. Hearty and delicious with great texture, the Rainbow Blend is a nutrient dense addition to today’s healthy diet.
Our Rainbow Blend is a colorful and nutritious mix of red lentils, green split peas, barley, moong beans, and Indian black lentils. Just as delicious but slightly more complex in taste and texture than our Autumn Blend, Rainbow Blend is 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.
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.
Rainbow 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.
Rainbow 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.
Rainbow 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, and 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.
Fermented barley is a popular ingredient in beer.
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!