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Description: A delicious meal that goes far when your budget is extra tight.
Time: 2 hr 30 min (1 hr to prepare, 1 hr 30 min to cook)
Meal type: Main Dish
Ethnicity: American
Number of Servings: 6
1 pound dry brown or green lentils
6 clove fresh garlic, peeled and halved
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Thoroughly rinse lentils in colander, removing any obviously bad ones. Place in large cooking pot and cover with water so the lentils are about an inch or two from the surface. I like to soak first to improve cooking time and save energy. Peel and halve (or cut into thirds) about 5-7 whole fresh garlic cloves. These lose a lot of their strong flavor after cooking and are delicious tidbits in the lentils. Drain off soak water after about 1 hour and add fresh water 3-4 inches above the lentils. Add garlic clove halves and ground black pepper. Do not add salt unless you are a fiend for sodium...they are good without. Bring lentils to boil (watching carefully) then reduce heat to very low and simmer in covered pot for however long it takes the lentils to become very tender, testing occasionally. Ladle into bowl/s and enjoy, adding more black pepper to taste. Can also be made with half of a large yellow or white onion or a whole small one, chopped and cooked with the lentils in addition to the garlic.
Lentils take less time to cook than the frequently made...

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