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Easy Lentils for Everyday

A flavor-filled vegetarian dish that provides protein, fiber, and nutrients. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: lentils
Servings: 4
Calories: 166kcal
Author: A. JoAnn


  • 1 c. lentils, dry
  • 3 c. vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cumin seed, ground
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ½ c. onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped


  • Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45-60 minutes, until lentils are of desired tenderness.  (Lentils can be made ahead and reheated with some broth before serving.)