Monday, March 21, 2011

The Lovely Lentil (Part One).

So, lentils.

I can't say that the thought of eating lentils ever crossed my mind until my friend Leslie mentioned them on her blog (and made them look delicious). I had heard of them before, but I honestly had no idea what they were (it turns out they are legume-ish).

I found some at the grocery store and wasn't sure what kind to buy, so I picked up some pretty green ones that looked an awful lot like peas. I like peas. I had a rather crazy day on Friday and needed some kind of project to which I could focus all of my attention, and I opened my cupboard to see that bag of green lentils. A-ha! Time to try a new recipe.

Thanks to my enormous creativity that caused me to Google "green lentil recipe", I came upon this tasty dish. I was pretty stoked that I actually had most of the ingredients (there was a little substitution here and there) and I was excited to try something new.

I am proud to present "Katie's Foray Into Lentils, Part One".

Exhibit A:
The Parents' Dish
Green lentils with sauteed shallots, carrots, celery, garlic, and fresh tomatoes, mixed with a homemade dijon dressing, served with roasted shrimp seasoned with lemon and pepper.

My husband devoured the shrimp and ate most of the lentils. Was a little cautious at first, but felt that overall the dish was tasty. Two thumbs up. I agreed that the lentils were a little different, but good, and the seasoning made them yummy and the shrimp was great.

Exhibit B:
The Cub's Dish
Aforementioned lentil mixture, with shrimp chopped up in easy-to-eat pieces.

Liked the shrimp, not too crazy about the lentils. However, he did eat half of what we gave him, which is the requirement at our dinner table. Good boy.

Exhibit C:
The Mouse's Dish
Aforementioned lentil mixture, pureed, sans shrimp.

She inhaled it like she inhales everything, now that she is eating table food (FLAVOR, Mom! Flavor!!).

I liked that this recipe was easy and cost-efficient (shrimp is pricey, but I bought the frozen cheap-o brand and there was enough for this meal and another). The ingredients were simple enough for the kiddos, but tasty enough for the adults. Yay!

I found another lentil recipe that involves some bacon and I'm going to give that a try. Everything tastes good with bacon, right?

Thanks for joining me in this lentil adventure. And thank you to Leslie for inspiring me!

Have a lovely day.


  1. You know, I don't think I've ever eaten a lentil. Perhaps I shall try them sometime. Especially if the Mouse gave them rave reviews! ;)

  2. I've never had a lentil either. They look like they have the texture of cream peas. I may have to give them a try.

  3. I always make them with smoked turkey sausage, carrots and onions in chicken broth a little white wine and some sauted mushroom (LOTS of salt and pepper to taste). It turns out real thick like stew or a skillet rather than soup. WE LOVE LENTILS!

  4. You know I love a lentil! And Riggins loves them too! I need to sit down and post some legume recipes...

  5. Lentils are delicious if they are spiced up enough. Yours look delicious.

  6. I LOVE lentils! I found a really good recipe for a lentil & macaroni soup I could share if you want it!