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Warm green lentils

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1
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SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
40 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
30 min
Serves
8
Difficulty
Easy
French-style green lentils are classic in this dish, but you can use regular green ones, as we did here. Delicious straight from the stovetop, these hearty lentils are perfect for cool weather meals. You can serve them on their own as a stick-to-your-ribs vegetarian main dish with a crusty baguette alongside. They're also excellent as part of a cold salad dressed with a splash of white balsamic vinegar and a dash of freshly minced herbs.

Ingredients

Dry lentils

½ pound(s), French green-variety, or brown lentils, picked over

Uncooked red onion(s)

1 small, peeled and pierced with 3 whole cloves

Uncooked carrot(s)

1 medium, coarsely chopped

Bay leaf

1 leaf/leaves

Table salt

1½ tsp, divided

Olive oil

2 Tbsp, extra-virgin (8 tsp total)

Fresh parsley

2 Tbsp, chopped

Black pepper

½ tsp, freshly ground

Instructions

  1. In medium saucepan or stockpot, place lentils. Add onion, carrot, bay leaf, and 1 tsp salt. Pour in enough water to cover lentils and vegetables by 1 to 2 inches and bring to boil. Cover pan, reduce heat to low, and simmer, checking that water doesn't boil away and adding hot water if necessary, until lentils are cooked through but not mushy, about 20 to 30 minutes, checking for doneness periodically.
  2. Remove pot from heat and discard onion and bay leaf. (Drain lentils if necessary.) Gently stir in oil, parsley, black pepper, and remaining 1⁄2 tsp salt.
  3. Serving size: 1⁄2 cup