10.17.2010

Just Another Meatless Monday #33 Vegan Barbecue Baked Lentils

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I can't believe that 6 short months ago I HATED with a burning passion lentils, I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks after all. I have tried and loved red lentils, green lentils and brown lentils. Though I will confess to liking red lentils best, I think it a color thing the green and brown are just PLAIN ugly to look at but I eat them and so do my kids!

I have been thinking of Barbecue Baked Lentils for a while now after tasting them at a school potluck (yeah we have GREAT parents!!) and I finally made them. So glad I did, they were a huge hit, my 6 year old (now 7 year old) ate 3 kid sized bowls, fresh sliced tomatoes with feta and walnuts and a huge mega fresh carrot from the neighbors garden for dinner. I made a double batch so we had leftovers for lunch and still have some put happily away for lunches later this week. You should try these soon!

Vegan Barbecue Baked Lentils
1 TBSP avocado oil or your preferred oil
1 onion, chopped
5 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 cups dry red lentils-use what color you have!
1 can tomato paste
1/2 cup brown sugar-more or less to taste
1/4 cup molasses
1 TBSP vinegar
1 TBSP salt-more to taste
1/4 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
few drops liquid smoke-if desired-really makes them tasty though

heat the oil in a dutch oven over medium heat add the onions and cook for five minutes or so
meanwhile wash the lentils
when the onions have cooked for five minutes add the water and scrape up any browned bits
bring water to a boil add the lentils and all the rest of the ingredients
bring back to a boil
remove from heat
cover and bake in a 350˚ oven for 45 minutes to an hour
check halfway through and add more water if needed, mine did I added about 1 extra cup total
taste and adjust salt before serving





I've also linked this up with:

hearthandsoulgirlichef


Peace and Love--

8 comments:

  1. Hi Laura! Happy Meatless Monday! I've always been a bit nervous about cooking lentils, but your recipe sounds so good I'll have to give it a try. Have a great week!

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  2. I LOVE lentils. This looks like a tasty recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I can relate to your hate for lentils. I think it was all of the lentils I was forced to eat as a kid. But like you I too have developed a new taste for them. And I know that is due to the many new ways I have discovered to make them. Your recipe sounds yummy. I'll give it a try.

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  4. Your lentils look very tasty. We always need another lentil recipe around here. They are one of our favourite foods!

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  5. Hey La la! Happy monday! You are so right about lentils. To look at them it's like mehhh...but to taste them cooked well? Divine! My recipe this week is for a confetti rice salad that can be spiced two ways to please everyone! Enjoy and all the best. Alex@amoderatelife

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  6. OMG! I was going to make Lentil burgers this week but I think these BBQ Lentils will be delish over rice this week! Thanks for having this linky party!

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  7. Well, I love that you're loving lentils, now! And the thought of bbq lentils is very intriguing to me...I just happen to have everything to make them, so this may be part of dinner tonight! Thanks for linking them up to the hearth and soul hop this week, Laura :D

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  8. I like the red lentils best too - I think they taste just a bit different. You could be right and it could be a color thing. I have never bbq'd them - I bet that is amazing. Thanks for sharing this with us at the hearth and soul hop!

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