JuJu’s Lentils

Comfort food is my thing, and these veggie packed flavorful lentils fit the bill! Root vegetables and kale make these lentils hearty and satisfying. Try over rice as pictured, or in a bowl all by themselves. These lentils are sure to be a healthy hit in any season!

Ingredients

Directions

  • In a medium stock pot, heat avocado oil over medium-high heat.
  • Once your pot is ready, add onion. After adding onion add garlic on top and stir to combine. (Don’t add garlic first!) Cook onions and garlic 1-2 minutes.
  • Add carrots and celery to the pot and stir to combine. Salt the veggies at this time and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the veggies (onions and celery) start to become a bit translucent.
  • Add Adobo Badia, and 2 tablespoons of Badia Complete and stir to combine. Cook 1 minute.
  • Add mushroom to the pot and stir to combine. Taste the vegetable mixture. If it is a bit bland, add more of the Badia Complete or touch of salt. Be sure to allow mushrooms to cook for at least 1-2 minutes.
  • Once your veggies are perfectly seasoned, add lentils and stir to combine. Cook 1 minute.
  • Add beef and chicken broth/stock, bay leaves, and Badia Sazon Tropical and stir. Allow to come to a boil.
  • Once your mixture is boiling turn down heat to medium and taste. It will likely be a bit bland, but you want to have some understanding of where the taste of your dish is at this stage before adding seasoning.
  • Add Badia Complete until the broth/stock is well seasoned. You may elect to add a touch of salt, but I’d suggest holding off until the end since your liquid will reduce.
  • Cook lentils on medium heat 30-35 minutes or until liquid is almost gone and lentils are tender.
  • Add kale and cook at least 10 minutes at medium heat.
  • Cook burner down to low heat and allow mixture to simmer until kale is tender and nicely combined with all other ingredients. Do a final taste test and add salt as needed.
  • Serve over rice or alone and enjoy!

Tip – I love to cook lentils and beans on low even after they are done. This allows your flavors to really meld together, and your broth to thicken deliciously. Just be sure to stir every 10-15 minutes or so to make sure you have enough liquid, and nothing gets stuck to the bottom of the pot.

If you’re looking for the seasonings I mentioned, use the links provided above. You should have no problem finding them in your grocery store’s international aisle and can order many of these spices online as well. I figured a visual of the bottle’s packaging would be helpful in making sure you’re picking up the correct item.

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