This 5-minute lunch idea is genius!

by Sharon Liao

Just like beans, lentils are good for the heart. Eating them regularly can lower your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, levels. But you don’t need to spend a lot of time making them. With this simple recipe, you can whip up a delicious meal in minutes. You can also swap in black or pinto beans.

Spiced Lentils with Yogurt, Almonds and Mint

(Makes 1 serving)

1 cup canned lentils, drained and rinsed
½ can diced tomatoes with green chiles, with juice
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped, roasted, salted almonds
2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint

1. In a large mug, combine the lentils, tomatoes, cumin, ginger and hot sauce. Microwave on high for 1½–2½ minutes, or until hot.

2. Top with the yogurt, almonds and mint. Serve with a whole wheat pita, naan or tortilla.

Courtesy of 250 Best Meals in a Mug by Camilla V. Saulsbury © 2014 Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold. Image: Colin Erricson.

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