Stupid Lentils! May 25, 2010Posted by Toy Lady in random stuff.
That’s pretty much been the refrain around here for the past few days.
Now don’t get me wrong – these French green lentils were delicious – so much so that I enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the following day.
And simple! It was a quick matter of dicing a carrot, a celery rib, and an onion. Rinse a cup of the lentils, and add the whole works, with a cup of chicken stock, to the sauteed veggies and just bring to a boil. 20 minutes later, we were ready to eat!
So why curse the lentils?
After all, we wanted something that would showcase the flavor of the French green lentil – a legume that we had not had the pleasure of meeting before. And the texture and flavor were as advertised – firm but tender, not at all mushy, and earthy-tasting.
Quick and simple to cook, for sure. The lentils were done in less than half an hour, and, let me tell you, cooked in our chicken homemade stock, they were a real treat, to be sure!
Have you ever realized just how much better homemade chicken stock makes everything? It does make a difference!
These lentils were a perfect complement to some simply grilled chicken with fresh sage.
Have I mentioned my fresh sage lately? I think it’s declared war on the oregano for Herb Garden Supreme Ruler. It’s trying to take over.
I cut a couple of branches of sage to skewer with the chicken, for grilling.
I ended up with some extra – and I didn’t know what to do with it. I so hate to waste it, you know?
But I skewered about a pound and a half of chicken tenders, with each bit of chicken covered by a sage leaf. And I still had a ton left over!
Plus, there are like a thousand leaves still left in the garden.
You know, it’s not really wasting if you compost it, right?
Has anyone ever mentioned what happens when you eat a bunch of tasty, tasty lentils for dinner?
And then you have some lentils left over, so you have a bunch more yummy lentils for lunch?
Even the dog wasn’t sure he wanted to be around me for a few days.
Well. . . just . . . stupid lentils.
But still – they were really good.