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Easy Thyme Lentils

Today I made lentils before 6am. For some reason I woke up early and had the intense desire to cook and bake. I am working on a recipe for a magazine (it is a delicious and decadent baked goods recipe that you are going to love!) but what I really wanted to make was something easy and savory. So the lentils called to me from the pantry…

These are so easy to make and we ate them all day. The lentils will fill up your stomach and satisfy your cravings for comfort food. I love the color of red lentils (they actually look orange) – especially in the fall.

  • 2 slices GF canadian bacon (such as Jones Family Farm), diced into small cubes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 cups lentils
  • 6 cups chicken stock or water
  • salt to taste

Put a heavy dutch oven over medium heat. Heat the oil, garlic and ham for one minute. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, turn down the heat to low and cover the pot. Allow to continue cooking for 20 minutes. Taste and see if you need more salt.

Serve hot or at room temperature.

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