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 Post subject: What do I do with this sack of lentils?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:45 am 
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Well, that pretty much does what it says on the tin.

I have a big old bag of green lentils that I impulse-bought at Trader Joe's. The only issue is that I don't know the basics about cooking them and the bag only has an elaborate recipe on the back.

From what I understand, it seems like green lentils take a little longer to cook. I was thinking that I'd just use them in soups and stews and whathaveyou. Then, I thought, "I'll go to the forums! They'll have lots of green lentil ideas!"

So, what's your favorite way to use green lentils? Thank you for your time and help!

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Tons of things the most underused probably being to sprout them. I love sprouted lentils.

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I didn't even know you could do that! Thanks!

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As legumes go, green lentils are one of the quickest cooking and don't need to presoak. The ancho lentil soup from Veganomicon is one of my favorite recipes and it's available on the ppk blog: http://www.theppk.com/2010/09/ancho-lentil-soup-with-grilled-pineapple/

I also really like the shepards pie recipe from How it All Vegan.

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I use them in the Lentil Salad and French Lentil Soup recipes from VCON. Both super easy and delicious.

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I'm requesting VCON from our public library today. Thanks for the awesome suggestions!

And the Ancho soup's going on our menu this week!

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craiger_ny wrote:
Tons of things the most underused probably being to sprout them. I love sprouted lentils.


+1 Sprouted lentils are Awesome in salads, as a snack, thrown into most hot meals right at the end of the cooking. Super easy too.


"Honey" Baked Lentils are really yummy and freeze well so you can make a giant pot and freeze into meal sized portions. You need to replace the honey with a good flavourful sweet source like Brown sugar or Agave but the rest is vegan. You can also make it in a slow cooker and it works just as well. Addition of any root vegetable works well (I really like cut up beets added in).

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=228880


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My favorite way to use green/brown lentils is as a mince meat substitute. I like to boil them in broth with some soy sauce to get a beefy flavor. Here are some recipes:

Taco filling: http://www.theppk.com/2011/05/ancho-lentil-tacos/
Sausage rolls: http://zbveganrecipes2.blogspot.nl/2012 ... party.html
Ethiopian samosas: http://veganforthepeople.blogspot.nl/20 ... st_05.html

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I like to make sandwich slices by combining cooked lentils, onions, garlic, cashews and/or hemp seeds, peas, spices and herbs, ground flax or Ener-g egg replacer, garbanzo flour, a little oil, vegan Worcestershire and/or liquid smoke into a food processor. Then I mix in gluten or another binder to get a thick dough. Then into a sided baking sheet, cook at 350 for 20-30 min until solid, cut to size and voila! It's a yummy, highly nutritious sandwich companion. (It sounds more complicated than it really is.) And the best part is the variation of flavors you can mix into it.

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Cornelie wrote:
My favorite way to use green/brown lentils is as a mince meat substitute.

This. I really like them as a beefy taco filling or a batch of Snobby Joes from V'con.

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Cornelie wrote:
My favorite way to use green/brown lentils is as a mince meat substitute.

This. I really like them as a beefy taco filling or a batch of Snobby Joes from V'con.


Snobby joes was going to be my suggestion! One of my favorites, and it is quick, easy, versatile, and cheap.

http://www.theppk.com/2009/11/snobby-joes/

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Mujadara or basic lentil soup or lentil barley soup is how I usually use lentils. They're good added to salads, too. They'll cook in 20-45 minutes depending on age and what else you have in the pot. For plain old boiled lentils, you need a 2 to 1 ratio of water to lentils, bring to a boil and them simmer partially covered until al dente. Add salt after fully cooked. Eat straight or add to whatever. It couldn't be easier.


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bodhi wrote:
I use them in the Lentil Salad and French Lentil Soup recipes from VCON. Both super easy and delicious.

These are two of my favorite v'con recipes! You should make them both. I also like to sometimes sub cooked lentils for the chick peas in v'con chick pea cutlets.

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I made this with green lentils recently and it was delightful. http://www.theppk.com/2013/03/smoky-tom ... ch-olives/

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I'm so excited now! I can't wait to get into the kitchen! Thank you all so much for these brilliant suggestions!

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Rhizopus Oligosporus wrote:
I also like to sometimes sub cooked lentils for the chick peas in v'con chick pea cutlets.


Brilliant.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:12 pm 
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The ancho lentil tacos from the PPK blog are the BOMB
http://www.theppk.com/2011/05/ancho-lentil-tacos/

in Vcon is the lentil salad, and the snobby joes.

if you have Appetite for Reduction, there is a really really good lentil shepherds pie in there.

Man, I love lentils. Making a variation on the Lentil Salad recipe from Vcon tonight with green beans, spinach and tofu feta cheese


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I love lentils!

A couple of people have already mentioned it, but the "Snobby Joes" recipe is really quite good. Mujadara too... there are tons of recipes online.

Otherwise, lentil soup is hearty and comforting... I don't have a specific recipe to share, but there are tons of them out there and otherwise you can just play with whatever veggies you have. I generally use stuff like carrots/celery/onion/tomatoes in the base and then add some greens (like kale, perhaps?) at the end.

I also use cooked lentils in bean burgers or bean "meatloaf" recipes sometimes. This loaf generator might give you some ideas based on what's already in your pantry: http://www.veganlunchbox.com/loaf_studio.html

Again, I don't have a specific recipe to share because it's the kind of thing I just throw together, but cooked green lentils tossed with cucumber and cherry tomatoes and a tiny bit of red onion with dill vinaigrette is a nice summer salad.


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Soup! Lots of soup!

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I will cook a bunch and throw them into everything I make, salads, wraps, breakfast bowls, etc. I love the earthy taste!


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Snobby Joes are on the menu for tonight, but I don't have chili powder. I'm going to sub some garam masala and see how it goes. Fingers crossed!

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Garam Masala will really change the whole flavor of that recipe, but Indian style snobby joes does sound kind of good. If you don't want to do that, chili powder is mostly a mix of things like cayenne, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. I've subbed in varying amounts of those individual spices with some success when I'm out of chili powder. This recipe has oregano also!

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allularpunk wrote:
Garam Masala will really change the whole flavor of that recipe, but Indian style snobby joes does sound kind of good. If you don't want to do that, chili powder is mostly a mix of things like cayenne, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. I've subbed in varying amounts of those individual spices with some success when I'm out of chili powder. This recipe has oregano also!


Thanks for the tip, you can always trust the Doctor! I've been itching to really raid my spice rack. I think I'll put the garam masala back on the bench then and make my own blend. Next time I'll bust out the curry and garam masala.

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I have made the snobby joes with Adobo chillis (the kind in the can) to make them more southwestern. In fact, that is the only way I make them now. I add cumin too.


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