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How To Cook Green Lentils

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Learning how to cook Green Lentils is easy! The best part is that, unlike most dried beans, there’s no pre-soaking required. Because lentils are super thin, they only need to be simmered for 20 minutes max!

I know it’s easy to buy canned lentils, but when you cook your own, you can control their doneness and texture.  They can be cooked so that they have a bit of a bite (like al dente cooked pasta) or cooked until soft. Also, freshly cooked lentils have a nutty flavour, something you won’t get from the mushy canned variety.

Green Lentils can be used to make a salad more filling, used in combination with ground beef to make burger’s or shepherd’s pie, sautéed with onion and garlic and served as a side for salmon, added to rice, and pureed into a dip or soup. What I’m trying to say is they are versatile.  It’s worth it to make a batch, store them covered in the fridge, and use them throughout the week.

How to Cook Green Lentils

How To Cook Green Lentils

How To Cook Green Lentils

Ingredients

½ cup green dried lentils
1 ¼ cups water

Instructions

  1. Rinse lentils in a colander, removing any dried up lentils or stones.
  2. Place lentils and water in a small pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer partially covered for 15 to 20 minutes until the lentils have softened, but still have a bite. Drain and use.
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How to Cook Green Lentils

Tips For Cooking Green Lentils:

  • Lentils simmered in water taste great, but if you want to kick up their flavour, simmer lentils in a flavourful liquid – stock, beer, wine, or even just water flavoured with diced onion, peppercorns, and a bay leaf will do.
  • To stop lentils from cooking or to cool them quickly for a salad, rinse them under cold running water.
  • Cooked lentils will last up to 1 week covered in the fridge, or they can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Green Lentil Recipes:

Arugula and Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese

Arugula and Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese

Martha Stewart

Lentil Feta Salad

Lentil Feta Salad

Canadian Living

Black Lentil and Bell Pepper with Mint Salad

The Huffington Post

Mujadara

The Food Network

Salmon with Lentils and Mustard Herb Butter

Salmon with Lentils and Mustard Herb Butter

Epicurious 

Lentil Cottage Pie

Lentil Cottage Pie

Taste.com.au 

Lentil Soup

Jamie Oliver

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