Luscious lentils

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Preparation time: 15 minutes. Soaking time: 1 hour. Cooking time: approximately 1 3/4 hours.



Soak lentils in the 3 quarts cold water for 1 hour. Drain. In a large pan, combine soaked lentils, broth, 2 1/2 cups water, tomatoes, olive oil, onion, thyme, and garlic; stir to mix. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, or until lentils are tender. Stir periodically, adding more water if a thinner broth is desired, or continuing to cook on medium-low for thicker consistency (some broth should remain). Stir in pepper and parsley, and simmer 5 minutes longer. Serve alone or over cooked brown rice. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon green onions and 2 teaspoons sour cream.

Yield: 9 cups. Serving size: 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 235, Carbohydrates: 35 g, Protein: 17 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 72 mg, Fiber: 7 g

Exchanges per serving: 2 starch, 1 nonstarchy vegetable, 1 fat. Carbohydrate choices: 2 1/2.

This recipe was developed by Tami Ross, a Diabetes Nutrition Specialist and Certified Diabetes Educator in Lexington, Kentucky.