Mental With Lentil. Lentil Side Dish

"A side dish that I adore. Replace fatty, starchy mashed potatoes. Be down with buttered down corn Load up on protein, essential fiber, and cut the fat!"
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  • First off you need to boil the lentils, just follow the directions on the back of the bag.
  • While they are boiling bring a saute pan to medium heat with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Throw all the ingredients (not the lentils though) into the sauce pan and let them saute a bit.
  • After about 3 minutes add the water to the sauce pan and cover it.
  • Let the veggies saute for another 5 minutes on LOW heat.
  • Once the lentils are at your desired softness, strain them, and add the contents of the pan.
  • Add Salt and Pepper to make it just right for you. Personally I prefer nothing but the ingredients I put in, but each person is different and I recommend letting guests season it to their individual liking.

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  1. So I am finally getting around to rating your recipes, and this one tops the charts. Amazing! I like to add a little cilantro to it (like 1/2 teaspoon) and a little less garlic (2 cloves) but basically this idea is genius!! Im just not huge on garlic.
  2. I have never cooked with lentils before, but this recipe is still very bland. The red pepper mixture smelled heavenly while cooking though. I reccomend about half the amount of lentils. Also some herbs and spices might add some flavor.
  3. I never know what to do with lentils. They are so good for you, but taste a little, um, plain. This is a good idea for any sauted veggies- I didn't have red bell pepper, but I used serrano peppers (very spicy, but so good!) Probably best to add scallions and parsley until the very end though.
  4. This was my first attempt at cooking with lentils and it was as easy as it was delicious.
  5. This was my first experience with lentils and I was pleasantly surprised. Very delicious.


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