Legumes I Actually Want to Eat Everyday on the Slow Carb Diet – Spiced Bacon Lentils
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Ingredients
  • 2-3  cans lentils
  • 1 cup of bacon, diced
  • 1 Tbs ghee or macadamia oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2-6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ t ground turmeric
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • ½ t ground ginger (or use fresh ginger if you have it on hand)
  • ¼ t cayenne (This will give the dish some heat.  Add less if you’re a bit of a wuss when it comes to spicy foods.  1/8 t is good for a bit of spice.  If you hate things spicy, just add a bit of paprika instead.)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 c water or chicken stock (make sure there is no sugar added if you’re using a store bought stock!) Note : I highly recommend using stock because it produces extra creamy and flavorful lentils.  If you use water, you'll need to add salt to the dish.  I use a vegetable seasoning salt intended for stews to give the lentils some extra depth.
Instructions
  1. Add ghee or macadamia nut oil to the pot.  About 1Tbs should be fine, but you can add more as needed at any point during the cooking process.  Add chopped onion to pot.  Cook on medium until onion is translucent.  About 6-10 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and reduce heat a bit so as to not burn the garlic.  Stir until garlic becomes fragrant.  About 1-2 minutes.  ** I use about 6 cloves because I love garlic, but that may be bit intense for some people.  If you aren’t so keen on the dragon breath, 2 or 3 cloves should do.
  3. Add chopped bacon or bacon crumbles.
  4. Once the bacon is cooked through, add all the spices and heat until they become fragrant.  About 1-2 minutes.
  5. Rinse the canned lentils and add to the pot.  Stir.
  6. Add 1 cup or chicken stock or water.
  7. Simmer over low-medium for about 15 minutes or until liquid reduces.
  8. If you used water instead of chicken stock or you didn't include bacon, you’ll probably want to add salt.
  9. Once most of the liquid has reduced, remove the bay leaf and enjoy.
Recipe by Finding My Fitness at https://www.findingmyfitness.com/legumes-i-actually-want-to-eat-everyday-on-the-slow-carb-diet-spiced-bacon-lentils/