Experiments in the Kitchen: Lentil Paradiso Recipe

First of all, my blog isn’t exactly a recipe blog. But so much of Central European cooking I’ve learned is improvisation and experimenting. Every once in a while, I end up inventing recipes that taste way more awesome than I originally expect them to taste and I have to blog about it.

Tonight’s dinner was what I am calling lentil paradiso, because of the taste. Anyway, it is not every day that I finish four loads of laundry and also invent a killer new recipe.

Ingredients:

1 cup lentils (washed and sorted–throw the bad ones out!)

4 cups water

Extra Virgin olive oil

1/2 of a yellow/Vidalia onion, chopped

1 and 1/2 cups fresh tomatoes, diced

1 large green pepper, chopped

4 sprigs of fresh thyme

1/2 tblsp. dried basil (or fresh basil if you have it)

Salt and pepper, to taste

1.) Cook lentils, follow directions on bag.

2.) Brown onions and fresh thyme in extra virgin olive oil in skillet (10-15 minutes).

3.) Add tomatoes and green peppers, cook for another 5-7 minutes.

4.) When the lentils are finished cooking, drain the excess water with a strainer and add the lentils to the skillet. Add basil, salt, and pepper; and mix the lentils, vegetables and spices thoroughly.

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This was super-easy to make, until I cut myself chopping the green pepper. 😡

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