Posted by Lisa Lewis Koster - - 5 comments

Tips for Tuesday



In my quest for healthier eating, I'm becoming a fan of lentils.  Here's a tasty recipe I found in the newspaper a while back. I love the tangy flavor that comes from the vinegar and honey in the dressing! 



LENTILS with APPLES and HAM

1 cup dried green lentils                              3 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
¼ cup olive oil                                            2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
½ cup finely diced onion                              1 Tablespoon honey
3 Tablespoons finely chopped parsley            fresh ground black pepper
4 oz. (1 cup) ham cut in ¼” cubes                 salt
1¼ cups diced apples (about 1 large or two small)

Place lentils in a saucepan; add water to come 2” over lentils.  Partially cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat so the water is barely boiling at the edges. Cook for 20-25 minutes, until the lentils are just tender.  Drain the lentils and transfer them to a large bowl.

This is what the lentils look like after cooking.

Meanwhile, heat half the oil (2 Tablespoons) in a medium skillet over medium–high heat.  (I wanted to cut calories, so instead of using the oil I sprayed the pan with a small amount and it turned out fine.) Add the onion and a pinch of salt, stirring to coat; reduce heat and cook about 4 minutes, until onion has softened.  Stir in the apples; cook for 3-4 minutes until just softened.  Add ham and stir in.  Cook 3-4 minutes or until ham is heated through.  Add to the drained lentils. 

I used two cups of ham here; the recipe only called for one.
Whisk together the remaining 2 Tablespoons of oil, the vinegar, mustard and honey to form a dressing.  Season with salt & pepper to taste.  Pour over the lentil mixture, then add the parsley.  



5 Responses so far.

  1. This looks absolutely delicious!

    Dropping by from the Thrifty Things Friday Party!

    xo

    Sheila

  2. This looks like a healthy and tasty recipe! Thanks for sharing it at TTF! I'm a lentil fan and will try this recipe!

  3. It sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!

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    ~Ann

  4. Visiting from the Wake Up Wednesday Linky ... I love to make Lentil soup. This looks Yummy and different. Will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing :-)

  5. What an interesting combination! - sound delicious.
    Thanks for sharing with us on the Wake Up Wednesday blog hop.
    Angie
    http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/

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