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Lentil Soup - my modification of this recipe http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Favorit...up/Detail.aspx

2 cups red or green lentils
1 onion, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
1 lemon, juiced


DIRECTIONS

1. In a pot, cover with about 1-1.5 inches of water. Add onion and oil, cook for 10 minutes and then turn off heat and let set for 10 minutes.
2. Place lentil mixture, cumin, curry, mustard powder and pepper into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
3. Transfer pureed soup into a large stock pot and return to heat. Right as soup is ready to boil add onion soup mix, stirring until well mixed. Simmer until soup has a thick creamy consistency. Add water if necessary to get the correct texture
4. Prior to serving add lemon juice
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From Allrecipes - http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lentils...ch/Detail.aspx

Serve over brown rice.

INGREDIENTS

* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 2 white onions, halved and sliced into 1/2 rings
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/2 cup lentils
* 2 cups water
* 1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* freshly ground black pepper to taste
* 2 cloves garlic, crushed

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium heat. Saute onion for 10 minutes or so, until it begins to turn golden. Add minced garlic and saute for another minute or so.
2. Add lentils and water to the saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Cover, lower heat, and simmer about 35 minutes, until lentils are soft ( this may take less time, depending on your water and the lentils).
3. Meanwhile cook the spinach in microwave according to package directions. Add spinach, salt and cumin to the saucepan. Cover and simmer until all is heated, about ten minutes. Grind in plenty of pepper and press in extra garlic to taste.
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Yum, thanks!
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This isn't a recipe, exactly, because I don't cook with recipes...hope you can figure it out...

Sprout lentils and wheat berries over night. Saute...like 2 whole onions, chopped, in a stock pot, with olive oil, until they are transluscent. Add curry powder, water or stock, drained sprouted lentils and wheat, and a bit of soy sauce or bragg's amino...bring all of that to a boil, simmer until wheat and lentils are soft enough to eat. THEN, the secret...add about 4 sliced bananas and simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve with peanuts on top. Sounds completely weird, but is SO GOOD! A friend who's sister lived in India gave me the recipe.

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Caramelize 2 large onions in olive oil (take your time with this part, the slower you cook the onions the more flavor they have)
add one cup dry lentils and one cup brown rice and water (4 cups maybe?)
cook till lentils and rice are soft. Add salt to taste (this recipe really requires salt to taste right)
serve on a bed of steamed greens, like kale.

This recipe is so simple and so amazing good!

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I made a good basic pilaf for my 15-month old. She's eaten it for dinner two nights in a row.

Lentils
Brown rice
1/4 of a yellow onion, chopped
Carrots, chopped
Parsley
Thyme
Oregano

I just cooked it for 30 minutes and wa-lah.... Would make a good side dish.
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Amazing Apricot Lentil Soup

6 servings

INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup dried apricots, minced
1 1/2 cups red lentils
5 cups chicken stock
3 roma (plum) tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped (can use canned if necessary)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste


DIRECTIONS
Saute onion, garlic, and apricots in olive oil. Add lentils and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes, and season with cumin, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Puree 1/2 of the soup in a blender, then return to the pot. Serve.
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yummy! I am going to have to test these out.

My favorite is curried lentils, but no specific recipe.

I take a huge hunk of ginger, about a half of an onion a generous amount of chili powder and mix in food processor- oh, along with a couple of tomatoes.

I heat some olive oil add all of the above and then a mix of different spices until it smells, looks and tastes good- spices include cardamom, garam masala, cumin, salt, coriander, cayenne. Then I stir in the cooked lentils and coconut milk. Serve over brown rice.

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just wanted to sub.

we make lentil soup but i also love it leftover, smashed up and spread on bread
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Some good recipes here, on the Lentil Thread.
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Some good recipes here, on the Lentil Thread.
Well..that just proves it....I am OFFICALLY on a hippie webiste... a WHOLE thread about lentils!!
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Well..that just proves it....I am OFFICALLY on a hippie webiste... a WHOLE thread about lentils!!
Actually...ahem...now there are TWO.

I wish you could see me (the originator of the lentil thread) though -- I am SO not a hippie. I guess I just eat like one!
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Actually...ahem...now there are TWO.

I wish you could see me (the originator of the lentil thread) though -- I am SO not a hippie. I guess I just eat like one!
LOVE your signature!! My 18 month old will ONLY eat pork...sausage, ham, bacon...he doesnt care. You can lay out a piece of ground beef and piece of ground sausage...he will go for the sausage and push the beef away.
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Caramelize 2 large onions in olive oil (take your time with this part, the slower you cook the onions the more flavor they have)
add one cup dry lentils and one cup brown rice and water (4 cups maybe?)
cook till lentils and rice are soft. Add salt to taste (this recipe really requires salt to taste right)
serve on a bed of steamed greens, like kale.

This recipe is so simple and so amazing good!
This sounds great. I love carmelized onions

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I love lentils with curry! I like to take lentils, barley, carrot, onion, chicken stock, and a ton of curry powder and have it for soup. . .yum!

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any sneaky lentil recipes? DH doesn't think he likes lentils... I've got a bag in my cupboard though, and I'd like to use them up. So far my only idea is to puree and serve in a soup where he can't really tell they're there.
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Lentil tacos/burritoes. Just cook lentils with taco seasoning instead of ground beef!
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Lentil tacos/burritoes. Just cook lentils with taco seasoning instead of ground beef!
I make "Sloppy Lens" like this.

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any sneaky lentil recipes? DH doesn't think he likes lentils... I've got a bag in my cupboard though, and I'd like to use them up. So far my only idea is to puree and serve in a soup where he can't really tell they're there.
Add them to chili (with another bean). Or cook and add to pasta sauce, like a bolognese.
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Cold Lentil Salad

Cook a bag lentils with one or two bay leaves.
Drain. Discard bay leaves.
Put in a big bowl and add a chopped onion, three cloves pressed garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, lots of olive oil, your choice of vinegar (basically you're making a nice salad dressing here).
Chill in the fridge for a few hours.

Serve over a bed of fresh spinach. Top with feta or goat cheese if you like.
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