Trader Joe's Lentils...What do you do with them?
I really love Trader Joe's lentils. I've just been serving them with a little olive oil & lemon. Do you do anything interesting with them? Since you need to use them within two days of opening the package I'd really like some other ideas.
I've recently discovered these and love them! Even though lentils are pretty easy to prepare from scratch, these somehow just seem so much more convenient. Anyway, I like to make a salad with them--halved kalamata olives, roasted red/green peppers, purple onion, grilled or steamed zucchini or yellow squash sliced thin, feta chese, and a lemon vinagrette with fresh herbs (oregano works well). Makes a great, healthy weekday lunch that tastes best at room temp.
I just posted this on a different TJ's thread:
I use the precooked lentils in the refrigerated section to make warm lentil salad, which is based on a recipe from Gourmet.
Cooked a finely chopped red onion in 2 T. evoo with a couple of cloves of minced garlic, some thyme, salt and pepper until softened. Whisk together 1/4 c. red wine vinegar, 1 T. Dijon, S&P, and 1/2 c. evoo to make a vinaigrette. Once the onion is done cooking, add the lentils over med. heat to heat them up. Add as much vinaigrette as you like to the desired consistency. Cut a 1# kielbasa (I just use Hillshire Farms) into rounds and brown in skillet. Add the kielbasa with 1/4 c. chopped parsley to the lentils and you're done! An improvised bistro meal for a weeknight.
I think these lentils are great, but I'd like to make them at home - does anyone know what kind of lentils these are and how you prepare them at home?
How about lentil soup? I eat this soup on a weekly basis (as do most Greeks) usually for Wed/Fri (non-meat days).
I don't use a recipe for it since I've made it a million times, but this seems to be closest to mine - some put vinegar in it in their bowl before eating; I love it this way, with red wine vinegar.
Sidenote: Every Greek kid loves this soup, if not to eat it, to say it....when you pronounce it, it sounds like you're saying F-word soup. I think we all tormented our Mother's with that one....