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Maple Baked Lentils

It’s possible that J Man fancies himself an artist.

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Maybe artiste is a more accurate word.

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When he brought home this…masterpiece…, I had the hardest time stifling my laughter. Not only because it’s hilarious, but also because it reminded me of portraits that Great Grandpa used to draw.

Don’t get me wrong. Great Grandpa was actually a very talented artist, but he always struggled with teeth (which was ironic because he was a dentist for 50+ years) and the portraits he created of family members were somewhat cringe-worthy, if only for the questionable teeth.

The majority of my recent time in the kitchen has involved cookies, cookies, oh, and then there was the time I made cookies.

It’s a miracle our teeth don’t look like J Man’s example above.

But I apparently don’t stop with the sweet factor, even when it comes to lentils.

I made Maple Baked Lentils.

There is no picture because lentils are ugly.

There IS a recipe because I love you.

Also, a list of why you must make these now:

1. Super easy. Dump ingredients in a dish and bake.

2. So good. I mean, so good. I ate them steaming hot out of the oven. I ate them cold for lunch today because I couldn’t be bothered with warming them at work.

3. This recipe is super forgiving. As in, I put them in the oven to bake. The recipe calls for 90 minutes at 350. Then we got invited to the park with friends. We left. I forgot the lentils. We came back 3 hours later. The house had not burned down and the lentils, while slightly overdone, were still delicious.

4. Cheap. The most expensive ingredient is maple syrup, but you only use 2 TBS.

5. Fiber.

6. Protein.

7. Did I mention delicious?

I don’t see any health benefits of lentils that mention dental health, but certainly Great Grandpa would approve.

Also, I’m gonna get J Man some drawing lessons…

Maple Baked Lentils

Ingredients
1 cup lentils
2 cups water
2 TBS pure maple syrup
2 TBS soy sauce
2 TBS olive oil
1/2 tsp grated ginger root.
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 onion, chopped
Salt and pepper

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a small/medium casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 90 minutes.

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