Smoked Paprika Lentils

Vegan MoFo 2012 Post #17

Smoked Paprika Lentils (Yields 3 1/2 cups)
1 cup French (du Puy) lentils, soaked 8-12 hours then drained and rinsed
2 cup vegetable broth or water
1 tbsp olive oil or 1 tbsp water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp dried minced onion or 1/2 a medium onion, finely diced*
2 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp dried thyme or 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1/2 tsp sea salt**
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)

*If you like onions, you’ll probably want to use fresh onion. But I don’t, so I just keep dried minced onion on hand to add in small amounts to recipes such as this.
**If using store-bought vegetable broth that contains salt, don’t add the sea salt.

Heat the oil or water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and sauté until softened.

Add the soaked lentils and vegetable broth to the pan. Raise heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, partly covered, for 15 minutes.

Once lentils are cooked, stir in the paprika, thyme, and salt (if using). Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the lentils have thickened.

Turn off heat completely. Stir in the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and parsley (if using).

Store any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. Enjoy!

As you can tell from the fact that these Smoked Paprika Lentils have popped up in a variety of posts in the past few weeks, I enjoyed these lentils in a variety of different ways.

As a topping for a baked yam.

On Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Jalapeno Avocado Sauce.

In a wrap.

These were so good I also ate a few little bowls of them all by themselves! Hows that for a snack?!

I’ve also got an idea in the works of turning this into a stew. Stay tuned.

Nutritional Information for a 1/2 cup serving (using water, dried onion, dried thyme, and no parsley or oil): 76 calories, 13g carbs, 0g fat, 6g protein, 2g sugar, 169mg sodium.

I’ve submitted this recipe to Meatless Mondays A-Z for the week of Lentils.
MMAZ Better With Veggies


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