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Black Lentil Pilaf

Some of my favorite meals are those spontaneous, last-minute, clean-out-the-fridge concoctions where the end result is even better than anticipated. Case in point: this black lentil pilaf.

I had actually forgotten that I had those black lentils in the refrigerator. I bought them a while back at Trader Joes (sold already cooked in a vacuum-sealed package) and had planned to use them for something fancier, but never got around to it. A lack of time and increase of hunger prevailed and tossing together a quick pilaf won out.

The lentils teamed up nicely with other on-hand ingredients: cooked brown rice, chopped onion, garlic, red and yellow cherry tomatoes, a handful of frozen peas, some walnuts, and some seasonings. Within 15 minutes, a satisfying, tasty, and very colorful dinner was on the table.

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Speaking of great photos, my irrepressible cat Gary couldn’t resist getting in this basket and we couldn’t resist snapping his photo. Cute, huh?

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Wendy (The Local Cook) January 27, 2010, 3:05 pm

    I didn't know there was such a thing as black lentils. Will have to give this a try!

  • The Ordinary Vegetarian January 27, 2010, 5:22 pm

    Gary looks so snuggly!

    I do love the black beluga lentil packages from Trader Joe's, but I've never used them in anything but soup. This sounds great.

  • Robin at Vegan Planet January 27, 2010, 6:53 pm

    Wendy: If you like lentils, you'll love the black ones. They'd small in size, have a great flavor, and add a dramatic contrast to other ingredients.

    Ordinary Vegetarian: Gary is as snuggly as they come. He's so snuggly that his photo should be next to the word “snuggly” in the dictionary. In fact, one of our many nicknames for him is “Snuggle Bug.”

    I'm still planning to get more of those black lentils to use in a more “beluga-like” way — maybe spooned onto roasted red beets that have been topped with a little vegan sour cream. Mmmm…

  • Des Moines workers comp lawyer January 27, 2010, 9:38 pm

    That looks like a splendid pilaf!

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