I’ve discovered a perfect food.
Lentils are perfect because they are . . .
- inexpensive (a pound of dried lentils is $1)
- chameleon-like; lentils take on the flavor of their surroundings
- quick and easy to cook
- nutritious (protein, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins)
Yes, lentils are perfect.
I made two pots of ‘Lovely Lentils’ this week after stumbling on Jules Clancy’s Stone Soup blog.
1/2 lb of dried lentils 1 onion 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce 1-2 tablespoons sherry vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Add dried lentils to a pot of cold water (water should cover the lentils).
- Roughly chop up an onion and add it to the pot.
- Bring the lentils to a boil.
- Turn down the heat to medium and cook for 15-20 minutes.
- When the lentils are the texture that you’d like (I like tender, but still a little firm), drain the lentils well.
- Put the lentils back into the pot.
- Stir in equal parts soy sauce and sherry vinegar (1-2 T).
- Stir in a tablespoon of olive oil.
- Add some pepper if you’d like.
Store leftovers in the fridge and reheat for an instant snack, a side dish, or breakfast. Yes, I said breakfast! After a few days of eating lentils for lunch, I woke up one morning craving lentils. Kind of crazy.
Variations: I added roasted red peppers one day and goat cheese another day.
Jules Clancy’s blog has delicious recipes and most have just 5 ingredients.
What do you think is a perfect food?