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The “L” Word


There comes a time in the life of any blog about saving money to talk about the “L” word – that’s right – Lentils.

Now lentils always seem to get a bad rap and I don’t know why.  Lentils are very quick to cook (only 15 minutes).  They have a very mild flavour so you can add them to anything and it won’t compete with the other flavours.  They are very filling.  And they are the least expensive form of protein around.

I am speaking solely about red lentils here because I don’t use the other types of lentils too much (they do take longer to cook).  But dollar for dollar red lentils are one of the best deals around.

To introduce you to the wonderful world of lentils try out the following recipe:

Yam and Green Pea Dal

1 medium yam

pinch of cumin

1 cup red lentils

1 cup frozen green peas

Peel and dice the yam.  Put enough water to cover the bottom of  a soup pot on medium heat.  Add the yams and put the lid on.  Steam the yams for a 2 or 3 minutes to soften them up a little.    In the meantime rinse the lentils under cold water.

Add the cumin to the steaming yams about 1 minute before you add the lentils.  Then add the rinsed lentils along with 3 cups of water.  Put the lid back on and allow to come to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add the frozen peas to the boiling mixture when there is four minutes left of cooking time.  Enjoy!

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