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Yummy Lentils and Spinach

What you need: 

3/4 cup lentils
5 cups water
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced or pressed
1 (15 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 handful baby spinach
juice of 1/2 lemon

What you do: 

1. Wash lentils. Place lentils and water in a large saucepan. Bring water to a full boil, then lower the heat to medium and cook, covered, for 20 minutes.
2. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, salt, and pepper flakes. Cover the pot, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add spinach, cook 1 or 2 minutes more until spinach is just wilted. Add lemon juice. Remove from heat. Serve with rice.

Preparation Time: 
about 1 hour
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was just looking for a recipe that i had everything for in my house and tried this out.
I still can't believe how good it is!  ;)b

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Very Very Very delish. I added garlic and used Quinoa in it, gave it such good flavor and color.

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For something so simple, this is ridiculously delicious.  I did modify the recipe a bit....I just used a can of lentils and heated those up with the tomatoes.  I sautéed onions, garlic, and spinach and added this to the lentils and heated through.  Then I served it over rice that I had cooked in broth.  Deeeelish.  Also pretty, I should have taken a picture but I couldn't wait to eat it!

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Delicious and easy.  This is going into heavy rotation with me.  The bottom lentils burned because of the lack of water, from the situation I described above, but that didn't affect the taste -- or maybe it even improved it a little.  To make up for the lack of moisture, I added all the juice from the can of tomatoes, along with about 1/3 cup water.  It was soupy enough after that for me to break out the ladle to serve.  It was really, REALLY tasty, and so easy!  And I COMPLETELY FORGOT the GARLIC!  I was shocked when I realized this, since I had been enjoying the flavor so much.  I had been intending to double the garlic, because I'm a fiend for the stuff, but even without it this made a great dinner.  It will tomorrow, too; yay leftovers.

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haven't tasted it yet -- it's cooking -- but I can say right now you need to use a big pot!  I put only three cups of water in with my lentils, in my biggest saucepan (2qt), and half the water bubbled out onto my range!  :(  I hope the lentils turn out okay... I've never cooked them before.

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OUTSTANDING!!!!  :D  You can do alot of variations with this recipe! I sauted lots of onions and garlic and then added 2 cups of veggie broth, omitted the tomatoes and added french herbs, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper and the red pepper flakes. I then tossed in a bag of spinach. I eat it with some yummy Pita Break flat bread crackers!

While it can be enjoyed any time of the day, I find its the perfect pre-workout meal!
Jas

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Oh my gosh! I made this last night for dinner. It is one of my new favorite recipes! I served it with brown rice but not really over the rice, more like I put some brown rice in the soupy mixture after the rice was cooked. I love it! I ate way more than my fair portion. Definitely will be making this on a regular basis.

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this was really good. i just added water a little more than to cover the beans.  Added an extra clove of garlic b/c i loooove garlic so.  I didn't have any tomatoes on hand but the dish was delish without. thanks.

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Yummy indeed! I did have to add a lot of stuff, though, so I'd venture to guess that the recipe as is would be pretty bland. I used two low-sodium bouillon cubes added to the water, extra garlic, onion powder, black pepper, a 6 oz bag of baby spinach, and I didn't drain the tomatoes. As is, it is incredibly soupy, so for your average person I'd recommend cutting down to maybe 3 cups water. For broth-lovers like me, though, just drain most of the liquid and drink...yummmmm. After the specified cooking time, my lentils were still crunchy, so test them first. I forgot to add the lemon, and I didn't think it needed it, although I might give it a try next time. I'll also try sauteeing chopped onion and garlic and adding it to the mix, plus maybe a bay leaf while cooking and some liquid aminos. All in all, really good, really yummy, really healthy - can't lose! (P.S. I ate it straight - no rice needed.)

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My son and I both enjoyed this.  I also used a bit less water and more lentils (2 cups of lentils, 7 cups of water) and I drained the tomatoes before adding them.  I'll make this again!  ::)

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