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    Topic of the Month: Beans & Lentils!!

    Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:12 pm
    Forum Host

    The lowly lentil has been sustaining man for thousands of years. Some foodies once considered lentils as poor man's food and refused to eat them because they are so inexpensive. Although they may be cheap, lentils are very nutritious, filling, and more importantly, arguably the most flavorful of all the legumes.

    Learn more about beans and lentils and try some interesting old and new recipes here - there are literally hundreds of wonderful recipes and ideas, so come and join us in Topic Of The Month
    Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:23 pm Groupie
    Hey guys, here is my recipe for Indian Style Lentils. The Best Indian Lentils
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    Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:05 pm Groupie
    Hey veggie cook! wave.gif

    WELCOME to the Veg/Vegan forum and thank you so much for sharing your lentil recipe with us! icon_smile.gif It sounds super yummy! yummy.gif

    Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:54 am Groupie
    Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

    At first I was a bit confused on how to use the forums, but now that I know how, I love it!
    Chef Lizzie
    Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:40 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    This is the only thread I have found that mentions lentils, so I hope it's ok to ask this here icon_redface.gif I really don't like lentils, but so many vegan recipes call for them. Is there a good replacement for them in vegan recipes?
    Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:32 pm
    Forum Host
    Hey Lizzie and welcome to our forum! wave.gif

    Well, that really depends on the recipe youre making I would say. If youre making something like a lentil salad or lentil patties or a chilli with lentils in you can easily subsitute your favourite beans for the lentils. Beans and chickpeas have similar nutritional values to lentils and the same cooking properties.
    Which types of lentils have you tried so far? I tend to like the small red lentils best as they get nice and soft during cooking. Maybe trying different types could help you find one you like.

    Ill move your question to a new thread so that other people can see youre asking a question and give some input, too.
    Click here to get there:

    Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:17 pm Groupie
    I just added my Carrot Lentil soup recipe to so once it is published I will share. It is a vegan recipe. So now I have a bean question.

    I am looking for a burger patty based on beans, other than chickpeas, where I do not have to cook the bean first. When I make falafel I only soak them for 12 hours and then grind and add spices and so forth. It is so handy. Would that technique work with say pinto, navy, or cranberry beans as well?

    Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:13 am
    Forum Host
    Hey there Ber,

    mmm I love lentil soup, cant wait to see how yours is made. icon_biggrin.gif yummy.gif

    Well, sadly, Ive never tried that method for making falafels before, so I cant really give you any input. But just from hearing it, I dont see why beans should react differently than chickpeas in this process. Maybe you just have to make a small test batch to see how it goes... If you do or if you find out more otherwise, please let us know. Id love to hear about it. icon_smile.gif

    Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:43 pm Groupie
    I was thinking the same thing but wanted to see if anyone else had tried it before I went off into murky water. lol I may try doing some next week.

    We love falafels!! They are best when done like in the middle east and this is the closest recipe I have found, #72814 and I have a recipe for Humus on #236294, to offer up for canned or cooked chickpeas as well. I am always looking for new ways to use beans.

    I have ground dry beans for dips too. If you put them through a grain mill and keep them handy it is so simply add warm water and poof bean dip for a snack. lol I think you could also use a vitamix or food processor to grind them as well.

    Thanks again everyone. Oh, the soup I almost forgot! It was published just yesterday #476578. It really is simply I am just a huge spice nut. lol

    Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:44 am
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    Good luck with it, please let us know how it turns out. It sounds like a wonderful way of preparing beans and Id love to hear more about it. icon_smile.gif

    YUM, falafels are so great, I could eat them daily. Have only ever made them at home once, but surely will try more recipes. Yours sound great! yummy.gif Hummus is another favourite of mine. I have tried so many variations and they are all soooo good! yummy.gif

    Your soup sounds excellent. Right now were having the first warm days of spring, so Im not in soup mood, but Ill add it to my to try cookbook for cooler days. Thanks for sharing! icon_biggrin.gif

    Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:05 am Groupie
    We are shifting gears a bit here as well. I often make soups and serve them at room temperature this is a good one for that because of the slight natural sweetness.

    I use a grill, roaster oven, toaster oven and crock pots to do all my cooking in the summer. The stove/oven in the house never comes on. So I find slow cooked beans and burger patties handy.

    Thanks for your friendly reply,
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