Growing up, my Italian Mom-Mom (my mom’s mother), was the best cook in the world. I’m not exaggerating on this one and have MANY people that can attest to this statement, so trust me. Luckily, this gift for good cooking passed along to my mother and as years went on she got better and better in the kitchen. Now, just like my Mom-Mom’s food used to be, every article of food that my mother comes in contact with becomes this incredible-tasting meal!
Mrs. Forney (as she’s best known as because she’s the best teacher on earth…another statement I’m not embellishing on and have hundreds of students who would agree 100%!) will come across a recipe and switch it up to make it healthier, heartier and most of all delicious. In honor of this Mother’s Day I’m featuring my mom’s latest and most amazing recipe! (Picture to left is of my mom and I at my Dad’s 60th last fall. Teehee!)
Mrs. Forney’s Cold Lentil Salad
- In a small pan or pot, in one inch of salted water, cook asparagus pieces: simmer and cover about 2-3 min until tender-crisp. Drain.
- Toast seeds or nuts in frying pan on med-high heat, a few minutes, stirring often.
- Chop scallions, parsley, mint, and optional snow peas/carrots/cabbage.
- Cut cherry tomatoes in half.
- Combine oil, vinegar, ginger, salt, black pepper and pepper flakes in a medium bowl.
Benefits of Lentils: Compared to other types of dried beans, lentils are relatively quick and easy to prepare. Lentils, a small but nutritionally mighty member of the legume family, are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. Not only do lentils help lower cholesterol, they are of special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. But this is far from all lentils have to offer. Lentils also provide good to excellent amounts of six important minerals, two B-vitamins, and protein—all with virtually no fat.