Lentils with Fried Eggs

Lentils are little nutritional powerhouses. They are a good source of potassium, calcium, niacin, zinc, folate, iron and vitamin K. Plus they are rich in dietary fiber and protein. They are a nutrient dense food that can decrease your risk for many serious medical problems. Lentils can be worked into many dishes especially soups and they are easy to prepare. If you happen to be able to find canned lentils you can whip together this tasty dish in minutes. If not keep watching for a quick tutorial on preparing and storing lentils.



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Lentils with Fried Eggs
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Serves: 4
  • 1 tablespoon of olive or canola oil
  • 4 large shallots or 1 small onion
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons red wine
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 - 14 ounce can of diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of brown lentils
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 4 large eggs
  • nonstick spray
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, optional
  1. Heat the oil in a deep skillet or saucepan over medium high heat. Add the shallots/onions, celery and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until they have softened.
  2. Add in the vinegar and red wine. Cook until the liquid has been reduced to about half.
  3. Add in the tomatoes and lentils.
  4. Bring to a simmer and then reduce the heat. Cook until the lentils have softened, about 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the mustard and liquid smoke if using it. Cook 5 more minutes.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Turn off heat and cover to keep warm.
  8. Once the lentils are ready spray another skillet with nonstick spray. Crack the eggs into the skillet and prepare your fried eggs.
  9. Serve the lentils with a friend egg on top. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Tips: while the liquid smoke is optional is adds a nice smokiness to the lentils. It also makes this dish, minus the eggs, a great side dish to be served with other types of barbecued meats such as chicken or steak.

Freezer tips: the lentils can be frozen for up to six months in a well sealed container. Don’t forget to mark the container with the item name and date.



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