Food on Fridays: Lenten Lentils

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We are attempting to eat more simply during Lent. So I made my first pot of lentils and rice.Lentils for Lent…Lenten lentils. Perfect.The Belgian Wonder and I already ate some with a little cheese sprinkled on top.Tomorrow night I’m going to add a few ingredients to the lentil-rice combo so that they become Hillbilly Housewife’s Taco Style Lentils & Rice recipe.Then I’m going to make Honey Baked Lentils from Doris Janzen Longacre’s More-with-Less Cookbook.Honey Baked LentilsServes 8350 degrees, 1 hrCombine in a dutch oven of saucepan:1 lb (2 1/3 C) lentils1 small bay leaf5 C water2 t saltBring to a boil. Cover tightly and reduce heat. Simmer 30 minutes. Do not drain. Discard bay leaf.Preheat oven to 350.Combine separately and add to lentils:1 t dry mustard1/4 t powdered ginger1 T soy sauce1/2 C chopped onions (I sauteed them with the bacon instead of mixing them here to shave a little off the cooking time)1 C waterCut in 1″ pieces:4 slices bacon (I cooked this with the onions in a skillet to crisp it up a bit)Stir most of the bacon into lentils and sprinkle remainder on top.Pour over all:1/3 C honeyCover tightly. Bake 1 hour. Uncover last 10 minutes to brown bacon.Options:Bacon may be partially precooked if desired (I desired). Substitute 1/2 lb browned ground beef or sausage (never did this, so I can’t vouch for other meats), or omit meat completely (I like the bacon flavor, but I’ve made it without).Delicious served with hot baked rice. Pass soy sauce. (This is true.)I’m also planning to make Lentil Soup from LaVonne Neff’s The Lenten Experiment. She published the blog to share her experience in January of 2009, when she began an experiment “to see if my husband and I could eat adequate amounts of tasty and nutritious food on a food-stamp budget. I also wanted to see what I might learn from the attempt.”Finally, I’m very much looking forward to trying a recipe submitted to Cooks.com by a Benedictine monk, called “Monastery Lentils for Lent.” It sounds so simple and so good, starting with vegetable broth and thickened with some of the cooked lentils that are removed from the pot, whirred in a food processor, and added back in for a creamy texture. Clever monks.Are you eating any differently for Lent?

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  • Comments

    1. This recipe looks really good. I had a cooking failure with lentils, but I am not giving up, and this flavor combination sounds great.

    2. This looks wonderful!

      I’m not eating differently for lent, but I have been taking steps to clean up my diet because of other health concerns. I’ve gone to a very simple, almost-vegetarian diet for the short-term. After two weeks, I have to say, I feel really good.

      We’ll see.

      Needless to say, I’ve been experimenting with lentils lately! I’ll definitely give this one a try. My family will be thrilled because — HELLO — BACON! :-)

    3. I made this tonight, and we all loved it (with the exception of one son who has a problem eating beans due to sensory issues). Yum yum yummy! I was cautiously optimistic, but with four out of five meat-loving kids giving it a thumbs up, this recipe is definitely a keeper!

    4. We LOVE lentils at my house! Thanks for this recipe!

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