Lentils can be the base of a satisfying vegetarian meal that's mostly hands-off.




  • In a small saucepan, combine lentils, shallot, garlic, bay leaf, and chicken stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until lentils are tender, about 40 minutes. Drain, and discard seasonings.

  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add scallions and yellow pepper, and saute just to slightly soften vegetables, 3 to 4 minutes. Add lentils, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, and cook, tossing until well heated, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish, and serve immediately the sauteed shrimp.

Cook's Notes

Ordinary brown lentils can be substituted for French green lentils, but they will require about eight minutes less cooking time.

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I served this with the bacon-and-herb shrimp - really paired well and cut the richness of the shrimp. I didn't have any balsamic on hand so I threw in a tsp or so of dijon mustard. I think I overcooked my lentils a little as they got a little mushy - otherwise, a good recipe. Smelled great while cooking - had everyone salivating!