Running and Hot Lentil Salad with Scallops

by Joanne on June 1, 2010

It was an exciting night sky filled with lightening and loud thunder boomers.  One such clap of thunder sounded like a huge firecracker going off outside the window.  Of course it was at that time that Shane decided he wanted to go out before retiring for the night. Lucky me. As we walked down the street, my thoughts were “I don’t want to go this way.  I just don’t want the local paper’s headline to read “AREA RUNNER STRUCK DOWN IN MIDST OF HER RUNNING CAREER BY STRAY LIGHTENING BOLT”!  – Hurry up, Shane! You’re lower to the ground than I am!”   We made it back inside and up to bed without harm.

I was back on the dreadmill this morning at 3:50 AM.  That’s pretty tough after sleeping until 6 for the past 9 days.  It was 50 minutes of trying to entertain myself with the Food Network then Numbers.  As usual, I ended up switching to the news.  After 50 minutes, 5.5 miles were complete. It was on to chest and arms for 40 minutes.  Shane and I walked 2 3/4 miles.  The rain had tapered off so we didn’t get wet.

The run felt good after a slow start. It was hard to find my running rhythm but, as usual, after about 2 1/2 miles, my mind went blank and the legs just pounded out the miles.

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Lentils, the healthy facts: 

They are an excellent source of protein.   The addition of brown rice or other grain will make the lentil a COMPLETE source of protein.

This legume contains a high amount of soluble fiber which lowers cholesterol levels and helps the heart. Iron, B vitamins, and essential minerals, the lentil provides nutrients to enrich your body without the need to eat meat.

Since they are low on the Glycemic Index, they won’t cause a surge in blood sugar which makes them a terrific choice in carbohydrates and protein for diabetics.

What’s YOUR favorite lentil recipe?



  • 1/2 cup dried lentils:  rinse lentils, place in a pan and cover with cold water.  Bring to a boil and let boil for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, reduce to a simmer, cover and let simmer 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 2 small zucchini, sliced
  • 6 sliced soy bacon* – Morning Star Farms has a good soy bacon.
  • 1 1/2 TBS honey mustard
  • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lb Sea Scallops – rinse and dry
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon juice (about 2 TBS)

Put the drained lentils and a large bowl (serving bowl).  Heat olive oil and, when hot, add the onions and celery and sauté for 3 minutes.  Add the garlic, zucchini, and soy bacon and cook for another 5-7 minutes over medium to medium high heat.

Stir in the mustard and balsamic vinegar and then remove the mix to the lentil bowl and combine with the lentils.


Using the same sauté pan you used to cook the vegetable mixture – DO NOT WIPE CLEAN- heat 1 TBS olive oil and when hot add the scallops.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, add the lemon juice and cook over high heat until done (about 3 minutes per side for large scallops).


Serve the lentil salad with scallops on top…..


or in this case, the lentil on top 



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  • At 2010.06.01 17:38, Cordell Nutrition said:

    If necessary, add more water to keep beans covered. Cordell Nutrition

    • At 2010.06.01 18:50, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

      Mmmmmmmmm…. Love lentils. Do you come up with all these recipes? So creative.

      We tried this lentil dish and it was fabulous!
      .-= Lori (Finding Radiance)´s last blog ..Thanks and a little more running =-.

      • At 2010.06.01 20:40, Joanne said:

        Thanks for the link.
        I make up most of my recipes. I also have quite the collection of cook books and will use some of the recipes from those to act as a guide and customize to make them my own. I have trouble following a recipe word-for-word.

        • At 2010.06.01 19:50, Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said:

          Lentils and scallops are 2 of my favorites. That dish looks incredible. I like lentils with tomato sauce, onions and parmesan cheese. Yum!

          .-= Jenn (Jenn’s Menu and Lifestyle Blog)´s last blog ..Memorial Day Weekend 2010 =-.

          • At 2010.06.01 20:41, Joanne said:

            Love lentils in a tomato base!

            • At 2010.06.01 19:54, runnerforever said:

              I don’t know how you knock out your workouts at such wee hours, you are soooo incredible.
              My mom makes a lentil soup that is a family favorite, so I will have to give her this recipe. Thanks!
              .-= runnerforever´s last blog ..Positive Reinforcement =-.

              • At 2010.06.01 20:41, Joanne said:

                You get used to getting up at the same time every day. I like it. So quiet. The air is fresh. It’s the best time of the day.

                • At 2010.06.01 21:08, Pam (IIN Health Coach) said:

                  The scallops look good. I only tried them once a really long time ago. Perhaps they are worth another try. I’ve been told that real scallops have a little bit of sand in them. If there’s no sand, the ‘scallops’ may be an impostor made of mako shark.

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                    • At 2010.06.01 22:30, Bela said:

                      That looks yummy….I will definately be trying that!
                      .-= Bela´s last blog ..Started Interval Running =-.

                      • At 2010.06.02 01:29, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                        Scallops! I’ve never made them at home, I’m a bit scared how they would turn out 😀
                        .-= Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear´s last blog ..Suspicious =-.

                        • At 2010.06.02 06:30, Lindsay said:

                          So glad I’m not the only one up at the crack of dawn! I’ve never had lentils, but my friend adds them to her homemade veggie burgers and loves them.
                          .-= Lindsay´s last blog ..Giveaway Time! =-.

                          • At 2010.06.02 07:16, kristy said:

                            Oh Joanne, You made those lentil looks so expensive! Love the combination…absolutely marvellous! Hope you’re having a wonderful day!
                            Blessings, Kristy

                            • At 2010.06.02 13:38, kilax said:

                              We LOVE lentils with rice. We have not tried them with much else – we need to!!!
                              .-= kilax´s last blog ..The Garden Project: It’s Alive (I think) =-.

                              • At 2010.06.02 14:02, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

                                i love scallops! can’t believe you were up so early! that is dedication for sure…..
                                .-= kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..In Honor of the Hump =-.

                                • At 2010.06.03 09:16, Dawn Hutchins said:

                                  Oooo this looks great! I’m making an Indian Lentil Mango Dal tonight that I hope turns out well. You will be so proud of me…I have started running a bit and doing interval sprints. It keeps things so much more interesting for me (on the treadmill)! I did 40 minutes….3 minutes at 5.5 and then 2 minutes at 7.5-8.5, repeat for 40 minutes. Since I haven’t been running in a while I was very proud of myself.
                                  .-= Dawn Hutchins´s last blog ..We’re Kind of a Big Deal =-.

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