French Lentils… How To Cook Them

You probably already know that lentils are chock-full of both soluble and insoluble fiber. But, are you aware that consuming lentils is quite advantageous for the optimum functioning of the brain?

It’s because this tiny nutritional giant provides a steady stream of glucose to the brain. Let’s first understand the ultra importance of glucose, shall we? Glucose is a sugar and key source of energy for cells in the body, and glucose is the only fuel the brain can use.

But, why is the high fiber content of lentils a crucial component in keeping the brain in tip-top shape? It’s because the fiber regulates the release of glucose. The latter stated is what supplies a continuous flow of fuel, and in turn, this is what powers the brain cells.

Delicious, Divine Dining With Dianne
Recipe Authored By Dianne Wawrzyniak-Marshall
My Hebrew name… Makalath Lachaamah Ahmath
“to nourish with bread and truth”

In this post, Dianne details how she used to prepare lentils. But, now she uses what she calls… an iPot (Insignia Pot). She also adores her iPot for cooking up hulless barley and einkorn berries/kernels.

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The 8-Quart Insignia Pot is an upgrade from the 6-Quart Insignia Pot that Dianne uses. The only difference between these two pots is the size. FYI, Dianne purchased her pot for $30 (when Best Buy had it on super sale from $100), and you can click HERE to check out the 6-Quart Insignia Pot that she has in her very own kitchen. Dianne wasn’t sure how much she would like the pot, but turns out…she loves it!

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This stainless steel, inner pot is for the people who don’t like the aluminum inner pot with the non-stick coating of Teflon.

Here’s Dianne’s former way of cooking the French lentils.

This specific method works beautifully for perfectly cooked, French lentils.

“Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, AND LENTILES, and parched pulse, and honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, the people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.” … 2 Samuel 17:28-29

In a 8 quart pot, put:

French lentils, 45 ounces

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Dianne (owner/author of this website) owns this fabulous cookware set!

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Sort through lentils, and discard any debris. Thoroughly wash lentils.

For washing the lentils… Dianne uses the largest bowl in this marvelous set, and she places it underneath this awesome strainer.
The holes of this strainer are absolutely great for keeping the lentils inside of it… this is exactly where you want them to stay!

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Salt, unrefined… 1 teaspoon

Optional Yet Really Delicious!…
Bay leaves, dried… 3 large

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Water, filtered and purified… 12 cups

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1} In a covered pot, bring water to a rolling boil.

2} Simmer the lentils over a low to medium heat.
Click HERE to find out the difference between simmering and boiling.

3} Keep pot covered, and simmer the lentils for 30 minutes.

4} During the cooking process, be sure to stir the lentils every 10 minutes.

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5} Taste the lentils.
They should have kept their shape, yet they should be just tender to the bite.

6} Strain away all the liquid from the lentils, and remove the 3 bay leaves.

7} Allow the lentils to cool.

8} Refrigerate or freeze the lentils to store them.

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