Lentils are a fantastic side dish and one we often don't think about. They can be cooked on the stove-top in about the same amount of time it takes to cook rice and can be flavored with all kinds of spices to match any meal. They are also packed with fiber and really nutritious. When buying lentils, try to make sure you buy fresh lentils since older lentils won't cook as evenly and sometimes shed an outer layer during cooking. Make sure to wait until the end of cooking to add salt since it can make the lentils crunchy when added early in the cooking process.
Simple Stovetop Lentils
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Rinse the lentils removing any small rocks or shriveled lentils.
Add the lentils, water, bay leaf, and garlic to a pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer. Cook uncovered for 20-30 minutes until lentils are tender. If needed, add more water, making sure lentils are just covered by water.
Drain any excess water and remove the bay leaf and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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