Although very small, lentils pack a powerful healthy punch.  Lentils are rich in fiber and are a benefit to the digestive system.  They are good for your heart, stabilize blood sugar and provide iron for increased energy. Highly nutritious, lentils are  a great addition to salads and are a staple for vegetarians.  They also provide a wonderful meal for those in need of wheat-free or gluten-free eating.  Lentils require no pre-soaking and cook much quicker than other dried legumes.

Here's a quick and easy recipe: Before cooking, spread the lentils out on a plate or light colored towel and remove small pebbles or debris, then rinse.

Ingredients 2 Cups uncooked green lentils 4-6 cups water or broth (vegetable or chicken) Olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 3 large carrots, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped Tex-Joy to taste Salt and pepper to taste

Method: In a large pot, saute onion, carrots and garlic in olive oil Add liquid and bring to boil Add lentils Bring lentels and liquid to boil and simmer for approximately 1 Add Tex-Joy, salt and pepper, cook for approximately 20 minutes and serve.

This robust stew-like soup, or stewp, makes for a wonderful meal.  You can puree your lentels for a smooth meal, store leftovers in the refrigerator or place in a freezer safe container and freeze for another time.