Monday, March 21, 2011

how to cook lentils


Here's a few pictures from our St. Patty's Day. You can see that we ate very healthy that day :)
I experimented with lentils, since they are green. They were very easy to cook, behaving much like rice. But once they were cooked, I didn't really know what to do with them. I have a recipe, and the flavor was great, but the texture was unappetizing. Has anyone ever cooked with lentils, and have any advice on how to prepare them in a dish?

The Leprechaun Trail
Breakfast of champions! My kids did not feel well for the rest of the day, and I am sure its because I let them eat such an unhealthy breakfast! That's why we only eat this once a year!
Mint brownies with mint frosting
Green jello
A pretty bowl of lentils. The picture of our meal didn't turn out very well.

How to cook lentils:

1 cup lentils
1 1/2 cups water

1. Rinse under cold water and sort out any stones or dirt clumps.
2. Boil water or stock, then add lentils.
3. Bring to a boil again, reduce heat, cover, simmer 45 minutes.
4. Don't add salt until they are done cooking, it will make the tough.

Now I just need a good recipe to use them with!

3 comments:

  1. You should cook "lencsefozelek", we love it!
    http://gasztroreka.freeblog.hu/archives/2010/01/08/XXXI_VKF-_Pikans_lencsefozelek_kolbaszzsirbol/
    It's not THE recipe I usually use, but I can't find that one :( It must be also good though! :)

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  2. You should ask Sister Dragoo (Jenny, not Jennifer). She's the food storage specialist in our ward, and she's collected lots of recipes for things that would normally be in food storage, like lentils. She could probably give you a recipe or two.

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  3. yay for lentils! The texture is a bit unappetizing, so I usually use them in soup. Also cooking them in chicken broth helps them taste a bit better. Currently, barley is our favorite rice alternative and Harper our gluten free boy loves his quinoa.

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