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Food on Fridays with Ann
A friend of mine heard about all my tomatoes and suggested a simple recipe. The abundant garlic this dish calls for does not overwhelm the other ingredients, but I do think that I would cut it down a bit.
Garlicky Lentils and Tomatoes
- 5 cloves of garlic (I would use less next time)
- enough oil to saute the garlic (maybe a tablespoon + a bit more?)
- Spices (my friend said she thinks this is really flexible and a person can use whatever he or she likes: she’s used curry at times; for other versions she’s tried thyme and rosemary…that’s what I used)
- 3 large fresh tomatoes, diced (that’s what I used, because I had so many from our final harvest; my friend said that canned tomatoes can be used, as well, so maybe one can of diced tomatoes?)
- 1 cup of lentils (red, brown, whatever you’ve got)
- 2 1/2 cups water
- salt & pepper to taste
- (some minced or diced onion, if you like—I can’t eat onion, but if you can it would probably add a nice flavor)
In a medium-sized pot, saute the garlic (and onion, if you decide to add some) in oil on medium-high heat. After the garlic is cooked, add spices along with the fresh tomatoes and stir so that the diced tomatoes soften up a little (but not too much, as this is going to cook for a few minutes on stove).
Add lentils and water, cover, turn heat to low, and let lentils absorb the water. I let the red lentils cook a bit long, so they got pretty mushy. I think red lentils can be done in 10-15 minutes, whereas brown lentils might take 15-20 minutes. You can lift the lid, stir, and check when you are close by spooning some out and taking a bite to test. Also, I felt that too much water remained at the end, so I removed the lid and let the excess water steam off.
While this vegan dish didn’t rock my world, I did like it enough to make it again as a quick and easy dinner option. I also enjoyed the leftovers for lunch, so I’ll continue to tweak the amount of garlic and types of spices to find a combination that suits me.
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