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Traditional Spanish Lentils

What you need: 

1 medium onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, mashed
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups dried green lentils
1 medium tomato, diced
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 large potato, diced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
salt and pepper, to taste
4 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
hot sauce, optional, to taste (I use Tabasco)
1-2 links vegan chorizo, optional (I use Soyrizo)

What you do: 

1. In deep pot, sauté onion and garlic in oil until it starts to color.
2. Add remaining ingredients, except hot sauce and chorizo, and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce to a simmer and cook until lentils are done--about 30 minutes.
4. If you like, you can add a little hot sauce. If you use vegan chorizo, take out and cut into rings before serving.
This can of course be made in the crockpot.

Preparation Time: 
30 min
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4-6
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I really liked this! I added an extra bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon of coriander, pinch of thyme and a pinch of turmeric, and it came out fabulous! Didn't take long to make, not too much prep, and we had a yummy dinner with leftovers for tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

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Delicious and simple!  I only had about 2 1/2 cups of vegetable broth so I used 1 1/2 cups of water too. It turned out wonderful, not salty at all.  Thanks for the great recipe, Yabbit!

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dang, I feel bad for you, talula_fairie....I definitely think your boullion cubes messed up what would've been a great dish!  I highly recommend you try this again with a different solution for your broth...it'll be worth it, trust me.

I steer clear of boullion cubes and most store-bought broth...WAY too much sodium for me.

I just made this tonight, and it was fanTAStic!
I used up the rest of the broth I made from this recipe http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=20010.0 , it has a mild yet good veggie flavor.  I left out the bay leaf because I simply forgot . ::)  Even though I halved the recipe, I used the full amount of spice, with about 1 tsp of white pepper (I can't seem to locate our black pepper at the mo') and about 1 T of hot sauce.  And just for fun, I used half regular green lentils and half French (aka blue) lentils.

The flavor is perfect.  If I had to label it, I'd say it's a tomatoey-onioney-mildly spicy taste...and what's best, it doesn't overpower the natural flavor of the lentils and carrots...the flavors just kind of "mesh well" in my mouth.

I have a feeling the leftovers won't last long.  This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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According to the site where I looked this up, a litre is equal to 4.22 cups. I ran out of vegetable broth but had vegetable bullion cubes. I used 4 cubes and what ended up being 6 cups of water -I started with 4 1/2 but needed more as I was cooking (each cube is supposed to make 1 to a little over 1 cup of broth). I don't know if it was the bullion cubes or the recipe -I did not add any salt- but this recipe is so salty it's almost inedible. I also had to cook it twice as long as it said in the directions, and I had to add water as stated above.

It would be the bullion cubes. I would have only used half a cube for that much water.

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According to the site where I looked this up, a litre is equal to 4.22 cups. I ran out of vegetable broth but had vegetable bullion cubes. I used 4 cubes and what ended up being 6 cups of water -I started with 4 1/2 but needed more as I was cooking (each cube is supposed to make 1 to a little over 1 cup of broth). I don't know if it was the bullion cubes or the recipe -I did not add any salt- but this recipe is so salty it's almost inedible. I also had to cook it twice as long as it said in the directions, and I had to add water as stated above.

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i halved it as well and cooked it for an extra half an hour, the carrots are extra mushy. mmmm.  its great over rice!  I also wasnt sure how much a liter was, but i put in a 14 oz can of veggie broth.  there was a lot of broth left over after 30 minutes of cooking it, so thats why i had to cook it longer but it was still delish!

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this recipe is everything it promises and much more. XD

i used red hot chili pepper flakes instead of paprika. and the halved recipe took 40 minutes to cook.

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