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This Protein-Rich Lentil Salad will Help Your Body Reset


Lentils are an incredibly versatile ingredient and rich in protein. This healthy salad combines them with red kuri squash, chopped hazelnuts and fresh herbs.

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Lentil Salad with Red Kuri Squash & Hazelnuts

The next time your body needs to hit the reset button, go for this protein-rich, satisfying yet healthy lentil salad. It's got seasonal red kuri squash, crunchy hazelnuts and fresh parsley, tossed in a simple vinaigrette. It'll make you feel good and keep you satiated for hours. Here's the step-by-step recipe.

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  • 3 large eggplants
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 cup shredded cheese


  1. Mix the olive oil, chopped basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Carefully slice the eggplant on it's side in a cross-hatch pattern, without cutting all the way through.
  3. Lay the eggplants inside an oven-safe baking tray.
  4. Pour the oil mixture over the eggplants, taking care to pour between the slices.
  5. Stuff the gaps in the eggplant with shredded cheese.
  6. Cook in the oven at 355°F for 45 minutes, until the flesh is cooked and the cheese totally melted.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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