Spiced Lentils

Spiced Lentils
Spiced Lentils

This is an almost perfect make ahead dish for those busy weeknights when you just can't seem to get home at a decent time but still crave a delicious well prepared meal. This spice lentil recipe is even better when reheated and it can also be served at room temperature. If you prefer it hot, you could serve it over top a bit of basmati rice.

Typically most spiced lentil recipes are an Indian spiced version but for this one I was in the mood for some Mediterranean flavor. Lentils are from the legume family, and are high in protein and fiber and low in fat, which makes them popular with the vegetarian crowd.

Lentils come in three varieties, brown, green and red. Brown lentils should be easy to find in most grocery stores, while you may have to go to a specialty market for green and brown. Lentils are quick cooking and do not have to soak before cooking like some other dried beans.

As I mentioned this spiced lentil dish was inspired from the Mediterranean with a combination of lentils, tomatoes, spinach, Greek Seasoning and feta cheese. Perfect for a 'Meatless Monday' meal this easy lentil recipe is a very good source of fiber, Vitamin K and Folate and is also a good source of Thiamin, Iron, Phosphorus and Manganese.

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Category: Vegetarian, Legumes
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Ingredients:
Instructions:
  1. In a saucepan, cover lentils with about 2 1/2 cups water, bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and cover the pan, simmer for about 20 minutes - the lentils will be tender and most of the water will be absorbed.
  3. Crumble 1/2 of the feta cheese into the pan with the lentils.
  4. Add Tomato Flakes, spinach and Greek Seasoning.
  5. Heat through until spinach has wilted and Tomato Flakes soften, about 2 minutes.
  6. Transfer lentils to serving bowls and top with remaining feta cheese. Serve hot.
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