Being a Girl on Food can be tough on my wallet and my waistline. I’ve realized that I need to start cooking at home more often, even if it’s just for me and my boyfriend. I came up with this healthy recipe on a day when I was too lazy to go grocery shopping. Although I was making it up as I went along, I shocked by how good this turned out. It’s definitely a side dish worth sharing. Lentils are great, zero fat, high in fiber and protein, perfect for those watching their weight. Enjoy!
Girls on Food Miso Lentils
Makes 5 x 1/2 cup servings
- 1/2 cup chopped yellow
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 heaping tablespoons of Soybean Paste, White Type
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup whole green small lentils, sorted and rinsed
- Salt and pepper to taste
I got my Soybean Paste at a Japanese Market called Mitsuwa Marketplace. It’s a giant grocery store that has a food court, coffee and pastry shops and sushi grade seafood. I could spend an entire day there. There are darker, saltier miso pastes to get, but I prefer the lighter kind.
Start by browning the yellow and green onion with the coconut oil together in a medium to large sized sauce pan, stovetop. Once they’re looking cooked, turn the heat down to a low simmer. Then add the soybean paste and 2 cups of water. This should look similar to the miso soup you would order in a sushi restaurant.
Bring the miso soup to a boil. Then add the green lentils.
I let the lentils boil in the soup for about 5 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and simmer until liquid is almost absorbed, approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Once the liquid is absorbed, turn off heat and allow it to cool for 5 minutes. They will have a creamy texture but will still be a little firm, cause that’s the green lentil’s texture.
I’m a little embarrassed with my meat topping choice here. It was healthy to go with pan fried tilapia… but it wasn’t easy on the eyes. I tried to dress it up with some wilted spinach and a little cherry tomato. Sigh. Sorry.
The lentils would go great with rotisserie chicken, grilled veggies or tamari marinated tofu. Those would also look prettier.
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