Recipe: Ridiculously healthy lentil shrimp thing

Posted on April 18, 2010

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This is another recipe adapted from Good Housekeeping.  This serves 4.  One warning; this recipes uses alcohol which does not get cooked off!

Ingredients:

Ridiculously yummy lentil shrimp thing

  • 1 lb frozen raw shrimp
  • 1 16oz package lentils
  • 1 large onion
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Add the lentils, bay leaf, and water to a large pot.  Cook on high until boiling, and then lower to simmer and cover.
  2. In the meantime, finely chop onion, carrots and garlic, and add them to the pot.  You’ll want to simmer the lentils for at least a half hour, total.
  3. Thaw shrimp by running them under lukewarm water, and remove the shells.  Pan fry the shrimp in the olive oil.
  4. Remove the lentils from heat and drain them in a colander.  Return the lentils to the pan and add the 1/4 cup of red wine, salt, and pepper, and mix thoroughly.
  5. Serve shrimp on top of a bed of lentils.  Yum!

Vegetarian option:

Omit the shrimp!  If you do this, you’ll definitely want to bump up the salt from 1/2 tsp to at least a full teaspoon; shrimp are naturally a bit salty and compensate for the lentils.  You may also try adding 1-2 stalks of finely chopped celery in step 2.  Adding 1 cup of chopped fresh parsley in step 4 can also be quite delicious and make the whole dish seem fresher.

Adjustments:

  • Salt. The lentils are lightly salted, so if you’re a salt person you may consider increasing the amount of salt from 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp.
  • Red wine. Not all of us just have red wine laying about.  You can try substituting the same volume (1/4 cup) with white wine or sherry vinegar.  One thing is critical though… do NOT leave this out of the recipe.  Lentils taste weird with shrimp unless they are wine flavored.  Trust me.
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