From a Dietitian’s Kitchen: Lentils

lentil ingridientsMy whole family (yes even the children) love lentils. I love that they are inexpensive, easy to prepare, and high in protein, iron and fiber.

One pound of lentils
1 tablespoon oil
1 medium onion, chopped
6-8 cups of broth or water (I use 4c vegetable broth and 2c water)
1 tablespoon of chopped garlic
3-4oz of Canadian bacon, ham or cooked bacon
1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary

First I rinse the lentils while looking for pebbles that sometimes end up in the bag. Then chop the onion and sauté it in the oil with the garlic until well cooked. Combine the broth and or water, onion mixture, lentils, ham or bacon and Rosemary in a slow cooker or soup pot. Cook for 30min (stove top) or 4-6 hrs on low in slow cooker. Top with sour cream or plain yogurt and enjoy! We often freeze 2 cup containers for school lunches or a quick dinner! mk