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Categories: Healthy eating, Sides, Vegetarian

French lentils and feta

French lentils and feta
Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

When the rich and famous want to go organic, get in the Zone or visit South Beach at dinnertime, they can count on their personal chefs to bring together a strict diet and fine dining on one plate. For the ... Read more

Total time: 40 minutes | Serves 4
Note: From Dianna Riffone of Fresh Dining.
  • 3/4 cup French green lentils or Beluga lentils, rinsed and picked through
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 medium shallot, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons mint, parsley or cilantro, or a combination, finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled or diced
  • Lime wedges (optional)

Step 1Place the lentils in a medium saucepan with 3 cups water and the bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a brisk simmer. Cook until the lentils are about two-thirds done, about 12 to 15 minutes. Add the salt, and cook until al dente, about 5 to 8 minutes more.

Step 2Drain the lentils, transfer them to a medium bowl, and let cool slightly. Add the lime juice, cumin and shallot. When cool, add the chopped herbs and remove the bay leaves.

Step 3Top with the feta and garnish with lime wedges, if desired.

Each serving:
141 calories; 10 grams protein; 23 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 5 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 5 mg. cholesterol; 628 mg. sodium.
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