I need to force myself to finish more than 2000 calories of lentils each day. Sure some of the extra additions, like ketchup, increases that amount, but the lentils themselves are the bulk of the stomach filling.
Speaking of nutrition, it's time to look at these healthy little buggers. Lentils have the third-highest protein of any plant (behind soy and hemp). But they also have sooo much more:
So, day two. Time to eat some lentils! Still had a bunch left over from cooking the other day, so breakfast was a half pound aliquot (dry weight, as always) with two fried eggs on top for a little diversity (seeing as how I'm consuming only six grams of fat from all of these lentils each day, a little extra ain't going to kill me). Still more lentils, so another half-pound for lunch, straight up. But now dinner! I'm running out of lentils, so it is time to do the first crazy lentil recipe! For this I chose............Lentil Burgers! (http://homecooking.about.com/od/vegetablerecipes/r/blv296.htm). These red lentil and hazelnut (though I used walnuts) burgers looked tasty and, with three cups of lentils per batch (even though that produces ~16 patties), it uses just enough lentils to be feasible for this challenge. The burger patties were quite tasty, although it took a little effort to finish four of the thirteen (guess mine are a little bigger) made in order to come to ~0.4lbs of lentils for the meal. Plus it made enough lentils for two more meals, so I guess you know what is for breakfast and lunch tomorrow.....
Oh god. So many lentils. I'm only on day two and the thought of finishing the rest of those is starting to pain me. I think these burger patties are the absolute minimum lentil-to-finished-product ratio in order to eat the proper amount each meal. Feeling so full. Tomorrow should be intersting. Wish me luck.
Total so far: ~2.9lbs lentils consumed, ~37.1lbs to go. 28 days remain.