Chili with Lentils: A New Bean for Chili
Why have I waited so long to
try my hand at cooking lentils? I love to eat them. I've
just never thought about cooking them. Ever since my college
roommate's mother would routinely fill our refrigerator and freezer
with Indian meals featuring lentils, I have loved to eat the tasty
Lentils are the only bean that
doesn't require soaking overnight before cooking. A quick wash
and the lentils go in the cooking water for 15 - 20 minutes.
Recently, I have been cooking a whole pound at a time and then
portioning the lentils into meal size servings. I refrigerate
them if our meal plan calls for lentils within 4 days, otherwise I
place them into the freezer. From the freezer, the lentils can
usually go straight into my recipe, especially if it's soup or
I have found that lentils taste
better in chicken or turkey chili. They are ok in a beef
chili, but for some reason the beans pair extremely well with
People that use beans in their chili almost
always use canned beans as a way to save time. Canned beans
can be loaded with unwanted sodium and other chemicals. It is
always better to cook your food from fresh or frozen items.
With lentils, the cooking time is substantially less than with other
beans so it keeps our chili on the quick and easy meal list.