This dish is a favorite of KidneyRD Dietitian Diana Bruen, MS, RD. She recommends pairing the lentils with a side of brown rice and steamed vegetables for a perfectly balanced plant-based meal that promotes kidney health.
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Recipe developed and tested by Diana Bruen, MS, RD.
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup coconut amino’s
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1” fresh ginger, minced
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper * use 1/2 tsp. if you like a little heat
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 cup red lentil
- 2 green onions, sliced
1. Mix all sauce ingredients together in a jar or large measuring cup.
2. Heat oil in a medium to large pot and over medium- high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3-5 minutes, until the onion is soft and begins to brown.
3. Add the lentils and sauce, bring to a gentle boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes. The lentils will be tender and most of the liquid absorbed.
4. Spoon lentils into four servings, garnish with green onions.
- Make it a meal: add a side of brown rice and steamed veggies
- If you can’t find coconut amino’s substitute with low sodium soy sauce
You may have heard that nuts, beans, and whole grains are not a great choice for a kidney-friendly diet because they are high in phosphorus. Wondering why we include them in many of our recipes? We include beans, nuts, and whole grains because only about 40% of phosphorus found in these plant foods are absorbed by humans. This makes them a good fit for most people’s diets! If you have questions about adding these foods to your diet, please reach out to your dietitian.
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