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tin of lentils

Posted by carolynab 
tin of lentils
August 15, 2007 10:56AM
hi guys
hoping that you can help me please, i brought a tin of lentils thinking we should be more healthly but alas i dont know what to do with them so i am looking for some ideas please
i am sure that someone out there does some very nice things with them
cheers
Re: tin of lentils
August 15, 2007 10:44PM
Here's a nice Allyson Gofton recipe for citrus lentils:

[www.ecook.co.nz]

I've never used tinned lentils, though. They're so quick to prepare from scratch, I can't see the point in spending so much on the tinned variety when you can have the dry stuff ready and waiting to use in your storecupboard.

Incidentally, if you add (or serve them with) a grain such as rice, or chickpeas they will make a complete protein thereby making meat unnecessary for that meal.
Re: tin of lentils
August 16, 2007 02:39AM
Thanks for the reminder that I also have a tin of black lentils in the cupboard. I bought them because puy lentils are hard to track down and expensive and others go mushy when wanting them for a salady thing.
Re: tin of lentils
August 16, 2007 07:14AM
I find tinned lentils great to use for adding to any mince sauce to extend it, or just making a "vegetarian mince" sauce for spag bol or cottage pie.
When first introducing lentils to my fussy fiancee this is what I did and he didn't even notice the lack of meat until I told him. Now he loves all legumes and we only eat meat about 2x per week.

I find tins of bean so great to have on hand in the cupboard. When its 6pm and you've got no idea whats for dinner, just chuck a tin of beans in a pan with a few flavours and your well on your way to dinner.
If your using dried beans you have to plan your dinner 24 hours ahead in order to soak/cook them. And lets face it, while we'll be that organized maybe once a week, the rest of the time, we need something speedy!
Re: tin of lentils
August 16, 2007 10:51AM
They make fab hummus Cheers, Chris
Re: tin of lentils
August 16, 2007 01:02PM
Lentils don't need soaking and cook quickly - about 20 minutes. Other beans do need to be soaked but there is a quick way. Put them in a pot with water to cover plus a little bit more. Put them on the element and heat till just starting to simmer then turn off and stand till they swell up. This only takes about an hour. I usually cook mine in the pressure cooker which only takes about 10 minutes and when I cook them I always cook a pot full and freeze the extra. Cooking your own is so much cheaper than buying them and their is a much greater range available. Try Binn Inn or an Indian shop.
Re: tin of lentils
August 16, 2007 01:02PM
Lentils don't need soaking and cook quickly - about 20 minutes. Other beans do need to be soaked but there is a quick way. Put them in a pot with water to cover plus a little bit more. Put them on the element and heat till just starting to simmer then turn off and stand till they swell up. This only takes about an hour. I usually cook mine in the pressure cooker which only takes about 10 minutes and when I cook them I always cook a pot full and freeze the extra. Cooking your own is so much cheaper than buying them and there is a much greater range available. Try Binn Inn or an Indian shop.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/16/2007 01:02PM by PennyG.
Re: tin of lentils
August 16, 2007 10:58PM
thanks guys
i now have a few ideas what i am going to do i will have to buy more tins i do think
thanks
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