This quick, easy and hearty dish will warm you up. While you enjoy, read this study that found those who got more legumes in the diet were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Ingredients: lentils and beans

1/2 c brown or green lentils
2 1/2 c water or broth
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 lb shiitake mushrooms caps, sliced
Salt to taste
1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 tsp each ground cumin, coriander, black pepper
1/8 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 lb tender greens such as spinach or Swiss chard, coarsely chopped
Garnish: 1 tbsp chopped parsley


In small saucepan, cover lentils with 2½ cups water or broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook covered until tender (20-30 minutes). Meanwhile, sauté the mushrooms in 2 tbsp olive oil for about 5 minutes, season with salt. Add remaining olive oil, garlic, and spices. Cook another minute until fragrant. Add greens, stirring until wilted. Combine with lentils and their liquid and simmer for 3 more minutes. Ladle into bowls, and sprinkle with parsley. Serve hot.