I Love Lentils

Lentils. How can you not love them? They absorb the flavor of anything you cook them in, in addition to their own slightly nutty taste. They cook quickly, and come in a variety of types. They work in soups, chili, with rice, as a side dish....they're a pretty versatile and protein-packed legume.

And for those that doubt, or have never had lentils that weren't mushy or flavorless, I present to you this recipe.

Mediterranean Spiced Lentils

  1. Place lentils in a large saucepan, and cover with water to 2 inches above lentils. 
  2. Stud whole onion with cloves. 
  3. Add studded onion, bay leaves, and lemon zest to pan and bring to a boil. 
  4. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until lentils are just tender. 
  5. Drain well. Discard onion and bay leaves.
  6. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  7. Add chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. 
  8. Stir in tomato ginger, cumin, turmeric, sweet paprika, red pepper, and garlic, and cook 2 minutes.
  9. Stir in lentils and cilantro, and cook 2 minutes. 
  10. Stir in the lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Serve warm.
Happy Nomming!

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