Monday, November 21, 2011

roasted lentils!

oh yum! these turned out wayyy better than i had hoped. trying to get some nutritional foods into mikey. i thought something crunchy. and these are! so so so easy! i had some dried lentils in the cabinet so i just cooked them for 20 minutes. i had brown but i'm sure you can use any color you would like.

i drained them and let them sit in the colander for a few hours. (only b/c i was doing something else. you don't have to let them sit this long) but you do want them dry so the oil will stick to them. put them on a cookie sheet and drizzle oil over them and toss. add some kosher salt and garlic powder. these are just the flavors i wanted, i'm sure you could do many other combo's.
i put them in 300 degree oven and tossed them about every 10 to 15 minutes. i think it took about an hour for them to get dark and crunchy. my oven is a tad off so it may not take you this long. i did add a little more salt while they were cooking.

this is what they looked like when they were done. oh so yummy and crunchy! and here what they look like before and after

i took them to co-op so everyone could try them. they were a HUGE hit! even the kids loved them. one mom (thanks chris) suggested using them on a salad instead of croutons!! let me know if you try them!


Femme au Foyer said...

Thank you, this is awesome! I have some dried lentils in my cupboard and I've been wondering what to do with them.

blog author said...

wow, this looks great! and so did they taste like nuts or what? i'm thinking it might be like adding pine nuts to your salad, but not as gross tasting :) (not a bit fan of pine nuts).

kay said...

they are not mealy like pine nuts. they are little crunchy nuggest of yumminess. lentils are DIRT cheap. just try it and if you don't like them, throw them out! ;)

Anonymous said...

Tried these tonight using peanut oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. I will definitely be making these again!