When I got home from work earlier this week my husband turned to me and said, "These are the best lentils I have ever eaten!" Well, you could have knocked me over with the adorable leaf on the 'a' in my logo. My husband is not, shall we say, way into vegetarian food.
As I mentioned last week, and probably the week before, his favorite meal is Chicken Enchilada Casserole. I made these lentils utilizing the poaching liquid leftover from last week's chicken casserole extravaganza. I had a little over half a can of tomato paste I was going to add in for some extra flavor when I remembered I had pinned this flavor-boosting trick from Bon Appetit so I caramelized the tomato paste before adding it to the lentils. Fresh herbs add brightness and yet another layer of flavor taking these truly over the top if you are looking for a new favorite vegetarian meal. Make sure to follow me on Pinterest for more great recipes and cooking tips!
Get the recipe for Lentils with Greens and Caramelized Tomato Paste here.
Roasting veggies is another great (possibly the greatest) way to bring out the flavor. Check out my mom's recipe for roasted red cabbage, it's awesome as a side dish or is great stirred into the lentils. I prefer to eat it right off the baking sheet, but now that I've tasted it in these lentils I *might* change my ways.
*my husband also hates the words "tasty veggies." When we were dating long distance I would always send him care packages that were marked: DOES NOT CONTAIN TASTY VEGGIES.