Stove Top Barbecue Lentils
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8 1/2 cup servings
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup red onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 2 cups fat free chicken broth or 2 cups vegetable broth
- 3⁄4 cup tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar or 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 1⁄2 cups brown lentils, rinsed
- salt and pepper
- Heat olive oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until softened and translucent, about 3 minutes.
- Add garlic and spices and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute; do not brown garlic.
- Add broth, tomato sauce, vinegar, mustard, agave nectar, and lentils, stir well, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until lentils are tender, but intact, about 30 minutes. Lentil cooking times vary. If necessary, add an additional 1/4 cup water and simmer for 5 minutes longer if lentils are not tender. Season with salt and pepper.
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Overall, a tasty result--this might be a nice alternative to baked beans at a summer BBQ. It might also appeal to people who don't otherwise care for lentils. My only difficulty was the cooking time of the lentils. While the recipe suggests 30-35 minutes, mine took well over an hour and I added a least a cup of water over that time. Maybe low-medium heat would have sped things up.
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