Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Loving: Lentils

The other day I was shopping at Trader Joe's and paused to look at the packaged cooked lentils. I have passed by this convenience item several times because I know I should just make them myself. I could practically hear my Depression-era grandmother's exasperated sigh at the laziness of such a thing, ("You can't find time to cook lentils? For heavens sake, Amanda!") But I really wanted to try these cooked lentils for a weeknight soup and I knew that cooking lentils after a long day of work and two hungry children nipping at my ankles was asking too much. I bought them thinking this was going to be a bust.

Holy Sweet Time Saver, Batman! I loved them and my kids ate them. I made my soup in 30 minutes last night and had plenty of leftovers to make a warm lentil salad with mustard vinaigrette to take with me to work. They were perfectly cooked with a slight bite to them. I am definitely buying those again. However, I still feel guilty about Trader Joe's frozen brown rice, but I'll get over it eventually.

Lentils are my new swoon.

1 comment:

  1. if your TJ's has the baby beluga lentils, then you MUST try this recipe too. the ones you pictured are in the fridge case, I think. these ones are in the pantry aisle, if I remember correctly. you'll see what to look for in my recipe (very small/round lentils): http://fullplatecookinglessons.blogspot.com/2010/08/simple-make-ahead-side-dish-idea-lentil.html