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    Want to try lentils with the kiddos. I bought the little green kind, but not sure what to do with them other than cook them in a pot. Anyone have a recipe? If we like them, I'm gonna add some to the stockpile because they will keep forever and they cook faster than other dried beans.

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    I make this recipe from the Allrecipes site. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lentils...es/Detail.aspx

    I usually use brown lentils (sometimes red), dunno about the green, you could probably substitute. I add about 1/2 tsp cumin, 2 cloves minced garlic, some chicken boullion and a bit of crushed red pepper to it and I use canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh. Serve with rice. Yummy!
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    adapted from "diet for a small planet" francis moore lappe

    monastery lentils
    cooked lentils, with onion, carrots, tomato paste
    seasoning: thyme, entire bottle of cooking sherry, reduced by half ahead of time in a frying pan
    bacon if not vegetarian

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    Thanks for sharing! Most of the recipes I've come across put the lentils over rice or with some kind of sauce. I guess they're nasty by themselves!!

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    Now they aren't nasty but I wouldn't care to eat them plain. I like to cook mine with some beef bullion cubes or beef broth and use them to replace ground meat in sloppy Joes or with hamburger helper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tater View Post
    Thanks for sharing! Most of the recipes I've come across put the lentils over rice or with some kind of sauce. I guess they're nasty by themselves!!
    They're not nasty, they're just kind of plain, like plain beans. You gotta season 'em up.

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    When I was still living with roomies, I remember cooking myself a pot of lentils, making enough for me for dinner and planning on some for leftovers for lunch. I didn't do anything toooo fancy -- just kept added water as they cooked and added a jar of salsa at the end and served them with cooked white rice. Well I tell ya, the pot was empty after dinner because roomies loved them -- even the picky 6 year old!!!

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    I absolutely love lentils but I don't want to think about how to prepare them. I think of them as quick-don't-need-to-think-about food.

    One of my favorite ways to cook lentils are in a pilaf. I don't follow any recipe, but use what I have. The basics are an onion chopped up. 1 cup lentils and a cup of rice. Then for the liquid I use chicken broth (homemade, can, or boullion). I like to use brown rice. I am sure white rice would work too, the lentils cook in about the same amount of time as the rice. I also use a rice cooker so I don't saute the onion in any olive oil. If I used a pan I would saute the onion and coat the rice in a bit of oil.

    This is good plain, good reheated, and good with some parmesan on top. Sometimes I use a bit of bacon as an accent. The bacon cooked crisp, a little of the grease to saute the onion.




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