Happy Friday! Actually, happy Friday afternoon, the very best part of Friday! I have another “New Ingredient” post for you. These posts have really just become features for food that I have eaten, but never cooked before. Oh well, works for me! Hope they inspire you to get in there and try some new things. I am confident that bringing variety to your plate is key to a happy, healthy belly. It always has been for me.
I have always been intimidated by lentils and I am not sure why. I have cooked dry beans before (in fact I do it all the time), and I assumed that it was essentially the same thing. Truth be told, it is actually easier than cooking dried beans because you don’t have to soak them first. I guess I thought it would be hard to season them and make them taste good… The recipe I had, made them super tasty though!
They are a flat, oval-shaped legume that comes in many varieties – brown, green, yellow, red, black, etc – and are often used in Indian food. They are rich in fiber and oh-so-good for you! I made the green ones for my first adventure!
Rinse the lentils first. Then take 3 cups of water per cup of lentils and boil for 20-30 minuets (until tender). Super easy!
I used my lentils to make these Ancho Lentil Tacos from The Post Punk Kitchen (same as the Risotto I posted). They were so delicious! You really should make them!
:: Photo Courtsey The PPK ::
I really like to take my own photos, but I had company and that has a tendency to make me a touch self-conscious about photographing the food :/
Anyway, I have big plans to make many more lentil dishes!
:: have a lovely weekend ::