slow cooker lentil curry
I love curries of any kind. This is my first time making a slow cooker lentil curry recipe but for sure I will be making it for time to come. It is extremely easy, delicious and still gluten free and vegan.
Red lentils are extremely healthy and these red lentils can be used just as you would regular lentils. They can be swamp on any of your recipes so go ahead and get creative.
Here a few healthy facts about lentils. If you haven’t used lentils or hardly use them I suggest you incorporate them into your diet more regularly.
1. Lower Cholesterol – Lentils help to reduce blood cholesterol since it contains high levels of soluble fiber. Soluble fibers gets attached to cholesterol and then excreted lowering cholesterol in the body.
2. Heart Health – Lentils are also a great source of folate and magnesium, which are big contributors to heart health. Folate lowers your homocysteine levels, a serious risk factor for heart disease. Magnesium improves blood flow, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Low levels of magnesium have been directly associated with heart disease, so eating lentils will keep your heart happy!
3. Digestive Health – Insoluble dietary fiber found in lentils helps prevent constipation and other digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis.
4. They Stabilize Blood Sugar – Adding to the many benefits of fiber, soluble fiber traps carbohydrates, slowing down digestion and stabilizing blood sugar levels. This can be especially helpful for those with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.
5. Good Protein – Of all legumes and nuts, lentils contain the third-highest levels of protein. 26 percent of lentil’s calories are attributed to protein.
6. Increases Energy – Lentils increase steady, slow-burning energy due its fiber and complex carbohydrates. Lentils are also a good source of iron, which transports oxygen throughout your body and is key to energy production and metabolism.
Red lentils are one of my favorite legumes to use especially in curries. I have tried them in quinoa salads as well and they work very well when mixed in with more veggies. If you need more ideas on how to incorporate lentils into your diet stay tuned because I have many more recipes coming your way using this fabulous legume.
I served my slow cooker lentil curry with brown rice but you can do it plain or with some nan or pita bread. I hope you get to make this slow cooker lentil curry recipe. It is extremely easy, delicious and healthy.
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slow cooker lentil curry
Miryam's original recipe
Place all the ingredients, except cilantro, into your slow cooker and mix through. Cook on high for 3 1/2 hours or 7 on slow. You many have to add a little bit more water while the lentils cook. I added a bit more water for mine.
Once the lentils are cooked through add the fresh cilantro to the cooker and serve over brown rice or as desired.