Decided to join our good friends at Olways for a delicious Meatless Monday! Give this satisfying and quick to prepare recipe a try - it's perfect after a hard day at work - and each of the four delicious servings has only 281 calories!
1 C raw lentils, brown or green – (do not use red or black lentils)
1 red bell pepper, diced
½ C onion, red, minced
4 ounces feta cheese, roughly chopped into chunks
4 T balsamic vinegar
2 T lemon juice
1 T mustard
3 cloves garlic
Cook the lentils in boiling water until just tender, about 15-20 minutes. Test to make sure they do not get mushy.
Finely dice the red bell pepper and onion and place in a medium to large bowl.
Finely mince the garlic or put through a press. Prepare a vinaigrette with the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and garlic and mix well.
When the lentils are tender, drain them well. Add them to the prepared veggies with half the vinaigrette and mix. Allow the lentils to cool for about five minutes. Add the rest of the vinaigrette and feta cheese.
If you can do the extra calories, add a splash of extra virgin olive oil to the vinaigrette. Olive oil has 40 per teaspoon so adding a tablespoon to the vinaigrette only adds 30 calories per serving.