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