Chia Lentils Recipe

Folate is packed with beauty benefits, and lentils are loaded with it!

| September 6th, 2011

Standout Beauty Nutrient: 3.56 mg of folate, over 100% RDA

Beauty Benefits:
Lentils have folate, which aids cell turnover to keep skin looking younger. This stimulates hair growth as well.

Bonus Nutrients:
Manganese works to stabilize blood sugar, build stronger bones and could protect aging-free radical damage. Lentils are also relatively high in iron, which maintains healthy blood flow to your face.



  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped (8 oz.)
  • 1 teaspoon(s) minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon(s) minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoon(s) turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon(s) cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fresh jalapeno, peeled, seeded, and minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon(s) chia seeds
  • 4 cup(s) water
  • 3 tablespoon(s) vegetable base without MSG or 3 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 2 cup(s) red lentils
  • 2 1/2 cup(s) fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 tablespoon(s) chopped cilantro


  • Heat oil in large saucepan.
  • Add onions and saute until lightly carmelized.
  • Add cumin seeds, cardamom, garlic, and saute 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, simmer, stirring often, until all lentils are tender, about 15 minutes.
Calorie CountRecipe Info Provided by CalorieCount.com
Recipe Info Provided by CalorieCount.com

Recipe developed by Cleveland Clinic Lifestyle 180 program. This is a Go! Food, which meets beautifying nutritional criteria. 

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