Lentil Time: When the Cooking is Easy

Lentils get overlooked an awful lot in American cuisine, which is a shame, because they are just plain tasty. And cheap. And require very minimal labor to prep. This simple dish is a pretty great meal all on it’s own–just top off with your favorite hot sauce and enjoy. You can also use it as a hearty, filling side for a bigger meal. It also transports nicely for lunches…and if you want to pair it with some greens and a poached egg and call it breakfast? We’ve heard worse ideas.

Lentils with Carrots
Lentils with Carrots

Lentils With Carrots

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This recipe is easy to prepare and a great basic recipe! If you want a little more kick, dress it up with your favorite hot sauce. You can serve it up as a side or as a main dish—just adjust portions appropriately.

Servings: 6 (224 g )

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 30 min.


  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups finely diced carrot
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp. butter


  1. Combine everything but butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until lentils are tender and liquid is absorbed (25-30 minutes)
  2. Discard bay leaf and stir in butter to serve.