Our family loves lentils. They are the fastest form of plant-based protein and fiber on the planet. The cook in twenty minutes, making them perfect for quick, easy weeknight meals.
One pound of dried lentils (2 1/4 cups) will yield six cups of cooked lentils. Talk about a lot of bang for your buck!
Additionally, lentils can be found at any grocery store. Dollar Tree sells them for just $1.00 a pound, while they are even less than that at Aldi. We buy them in bulk, getting them in 25 pound bags from our local Amish community.
Lentils are incredibly versatile
Finally, lentils are super easy to add spices and flavor. Depending on what you add, the are the perfect base for Italian, Spanish, or Mediterranean cooking.
Barbecue Lentil Filling is:
- 4 cups water
- 1 pound (2 1/4 cups) lentils (rinsed well)
- 1 Tbsp garlic
- 1 Tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika
- chili powder (to taste)
- 1-2 cups of easy, spicy blender barbecue sauce (or your favorite bottled variety)
Start by pouring 4 cups of water into a medium saucepan. Then, rinse one pound of lentils (2 1/4 cups) well under running water, adding them to the water.
Lentils are a small bean and are notorious for containing grit and bits of dirt that will be very unpleasant to eat if you don’t rinse them well before cooking.
Bring the water and beans to a boil. Then reduce the heat, simmering for fifteen minutes. At the end of that time, most of the water should be absorbed by the beans. They will be plump and tender, but not mushy.
Add the following spices to the cooked beans.
- smoked paprika
- chili powder
Stir in 1-2 cups of easy, spicy blender barbecue sauce (or your favorite bottled variety). This blender barbecue sauce is super easy to make and is my son, Daniel’s recipe.
Serve in buns, over toast, or rolled up in tortillas.
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