Tuesday, February 01, 2011

My new favorite food: lentils

With the new year, Paul and I have been trying to clean up our eating. Let's just say we'd gone a little soft over Christmas break. This time around we're doing the slow-carb diet, which essentially means all of our carbs come from legumes. Mmm, legumes.

Thus, our new favorite food is lentils. We have them every day. We tried out canned lentils for their simplicity, but they are sorta, mushy. We've tried out green lentils, brown lentils, and french lentils. We've got a pretty quick recipe for green lentils. It works for any lentil that doesn't need a soak, or any that does after the soak. It goes like this:

Put the following in a pan:
1 C green lentils
2.5 C water
half an onion, sliced
2-3 cloves of garlic
2 cloves
1 small bay leaf
sprinkle of dried thyme
shake of cumin powder
2t of salt

Bring pan to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes depending on how mushy you want them. Remove from heat. Remove cloves and bay leaf. Stir in 1/2 T of butter (cause it's yummy).

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