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My go-to is a nice bowl of lentils and either tomato pilchards or sardines in olive oil

I don't think you can go wrong consuming mass quantities of tinned fish and cooked-up dried lentils, fresh in a bowl, seasoned with salt, pepper, hot sauce, paprika, and cayenne? It would be my everyday meal for the rest of my life. It's so simple and healthy and you can add whatever garnish you want. Vegetables, herbs, avocado, or just simply the two together.
My go-to is a nice bowl of lentils and either tomato pilchards or sardines in olive oil

Sardines and Lentils

After bragging about Starting A One Big-Ass Salad-A-Day (OBASAD) Diet For The Rest Of July, I bailed. I will start in a couple days. I needed to really rock some work so I was sandbagged at home and I indulged in my favorite "not a salad, street taco, burger, or burrito" meal: sardines and lentils. 

The recipe is simple:

  1. Choose one: brown lentils, green lentils, red lentils, yellow lentils, or black beluga lentils
  2. Three or four cups of water per measured cup of lentils
  3. Will result in around 2.5 cups of cooked lentils
  4. Put it on the stove, bring it to a boil, reduce to simmer, and wait 10-30 minutes, depending on the variety of lentils
  5. Choose sardines: I usually get Goya pilchards in tomato or spicy tomato sauce or a can of Seasons sardines in olive oil
  6. While the lentils cool, add straight-from-tin sardines to a bowl
  7. Optionally, add salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and butter
  8. When cooked to your liking, drain and add to bowl
  9. Eat as much as you want. 
  10. Refrigerates like a champ
It makes me so happy! I can't tell you how good this is for you. You can either make it a One Big Add Bowl of Sardines and Lentils or you can eat from the bowl over the course of the week. Don't worry about eating too many sardines:
If you've been avoiding fish because you're concerned about mercury, you can eat sardines with no worries. Since sardines eat plankton, their mercury content is very low.

Enjoy! I know I do. Your tum tum and your regularity will thank you, too. I prefer lentils over beans because they can be whipped up in a pot of water on the range in only 10-30 minutes. I will also enjoy some split peas instead of lentils because split peas are so quick as well and I love British Mushy Peas and split peas remind me of it.

Plus, both lentils and sardines are on the list of the healthiest foods in the world!

Six healthiest foods in the world. lemons, avocado, broccoli, lentils, salmon, sardines.

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the main focus of Chris Abraham's blog?

  • Chris Abraham's blog appears to focus on personal interests, recipes, and experiences, such as his preferred simple meal involving lentils and sardines, as well as other lifestyle topics.

2. What is Chris Abraham's go-to meal?

  • Chris Abraham's favorite go-to meal includes a bowl of lentils paired with tomato pilchards or sardines in olive oil, seasoned with salt, pepper, hot sauce, paprika, and cayenne.

3. Can you provide a simple recipe for preparing lentils and sardines as mentioned in the blog?

  • Yes, the recipe involves cooking lentils in water and then adding canned sardines. You may choose from various types of lentils and add seasonings like salt, pepper, cayenne, and paprika. This dish can be stored and refrigerated for later consumption.

4. Are there any health benefits to the meal of sardines and lentils?

  • Yes, this meal is rich in nutrients and low in mercury. Lentils provide fiber and protein, while sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids and other vital nutrients, making it a very healthy choice.

5. Why does Chris prefer lentils over beans?

  • Chris prefers lentils because they cook quickly, typically within 10-30 minutes, and he enjoys their texture and taste compared to beans.

6. What alternatives does Chris suggest to lentils?

  • Chris also enjoys split peas, particularly because they remind him of British mushy peas and cook quickly, similar to lentils.



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OBASAD (One Big-Ass Salad-A-Day)

  • A diet plan mentioned in the blog where the individual commits to eating a large salad every day for a specific period.


  • A term often used for small sardines packed in cans, typically in tomato sauce or olive oil.


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Tum tum

  • A colloquial term referring to the stomach, used here to indicate the health benefits of the meal for digestion.

Mercury Content

  • Refers to the amount of mercury found in seafood, which can be a health concern. Sardines are noted for having low mercury levels.


  • A brand name mentioned in the context of purchasing pilchards, known for its variety of canned goods, including sardines in different sauces.

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