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BLT Salad (Bacon, Lentil, and Tomato) Crispy bacon and fresh tomatoes made healthy in a lentil salad with balsamic dressing and fresh thyme. Perfect for summer lunches. Yay for not having to turn the oven on! 4 pieces bacon, preferably thick slices
2 cups green or black lentils
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or fresh)
1 pound small tomatoes

Slice the bacon into strips. In a medium skillet cook the bacon pieces until crisp, then reserve. Save a tsp or so of the bacon drippings for the dressing. Meanwhile cook the lentils about 15 – 20 minutes, or until tender.

Carefully add the balsamic vinegar, salt and thyme to the bacon drippings, adding a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Whisk the dressing, making sure to loosen any bits stuck to the pan. Remove from the heat and reserve.

Drain the cooked lentils and place into a large bowl. Pour the hot dressing over the hot lentils, and mix well. Let the lentils cool to room temperature.

Halve or quarter the tomatoes, depending on the size. Once the lentils are cooled, stir in the reserved bacon and the tomatoes. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

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lentils__with_rice_and_onions.jpgThis recipe is a pretty straightforward mix of rice, lentils, and onions spiced with either cumin or garam masala. It makes a delicious and satisfying side, perfect for a vegetarian Indian or middle eastern meal.

3/4 cup long-grain white rice
1 cup brown lentils, rinsed
3 cups yellow onions, cut into quarter slices (or more)
1 tbs. olive oil
1/2 tsp. ground cumin or garam masala
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Cook rice in water following package directions, or cook in a rice cooker.

Rinse lentils, then place in heavy pot with a tight fitting lid, add 1 quart water, and let lentils simmer over very low heat uncovered until they are soft (about 20-30 minutes, but cooking time will depend on how fresh the lentils are so keep checking until they are soft but still have a slight bite to them.) When lentils are cooked, cover and let water them absorb any leftover water.

While lentils cook, chop onions. Heat olive oil in heavy frying pan, then add onions, reduce heat to medium-low and start to brown onions, stirring every few minutes. Continue to cook onions, stirring often, until they are deeply browned and caramelized, about 20-25 minutes. Don't rush this step; the onions will be bitter if they're cooked at high heat.

When onions are browned, remove half the onions to drain on a paper towel to crisp. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp cumin or garam masala into the rest of the onions in the pan and saute 1-2 minutes.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked lentils to the pan with the onions, leaving behind any water that's not absorbed. Season the cooked lentils and onions with salt and freshly ground black pepper and cook 1-2 minutes to blend flavors.

Gently mix cooked rice into the lentils and caramelized onions, heating for a minute or two if the rice is not hot. Put Mujadarra on a serving dish, top with crispy caramelized onions, and serve hot or warm.

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Hearty and healthy, this meatless soup is flavored with cumin, chili powder, tumeric, and fresh cilantro.

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 1/3 cups water
2 1/3 cups dried lentils
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 (14 1/2-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
Chopped fresh tomatoes (optional)
Cilantro sprig (optional)
balsamic vinegar (optional)

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion; sauté for 3 minutes or until tender. Add the turmeric and the next 6 ingredients (turmeric through garlic); sauté for 1 minute. Add water and next 4 ingredients (water through diced tomatoes); bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 1 hour.

Optional: Reserve 2 cups lentil mixture. Place half of remaining mixture in blender; process until smooth. Pour pureed soup into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with other half of remaining mixture. Stir in reserved 2 cups lentil mixture. Garnish with chopped tomatoes and a cilantro sprig, if desired.

Yield: 11 servings. (serving size: 1 cup)
Nutritional Information
Calories:186 (9% from fat)
Fat:1.9g (sat 0.3g,mono 1g,poly 0.4g)
Protein:14.1g

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IMG_5540_sm.jpgThis is something that I would not have eaten as a kid. However, as an adult who's no longer afraid of lentils, it's really good. We made it first with the Sazon Goya packet, but the msg-ness is a little  too overpowering. Next time, I'll just use the cumin and paprika. Serve as a wrap filling with some cilantro and spicy chili sauce as toppings.

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 red onion, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 packet Sazon Goya with saffron (1 teaspoon cumin and 1/2 teaspoon paprika)
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup lentils (green)
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
1 red pepper, dice
1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Serve with:
cilantro
spicy chili sauce
tortillas
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Toss the cubed sweet potatoes and the chopped red onion with 2 tablespoons olive oil, the SazonGoya seasoning packet, and salt and pepper.

  3. Place vegetables in a roasting pan and roast, gently stirring every 10 minutes or so, until potatoes are starting to brown around the edges and appear slightly crispy. Let cool.

  4. While potatoes are roasting, bring the lentils to a boil in the 2 cups of water with 1 teaspoon salt.

  5. Simmer lentils gently until tender, about 25 minutes.

  6. Drain lentils well, and let cool completely. Place lentils in a bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and the juice of one lime.

  7. Stir in the sweet potatoes and onions, chopped red pepper, and queso fresco, and gently toss to mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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