November 14, 2010

Lentils with Green Beans and Feta

Cumin spiced lentils are warming and hearty. When paired with crisp green beans and creamy feta cheese, it's a heavenly and simple dinner that's ready in about twenty minutes (just how long it takes the lentils to cook). The best part is that since it's such a healthy dinner, there's no reason to have anything less than a big portion!

1 T. olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 cup brown lentils
1.5 cups water, with more on hand
1 t. cumin
1/2 t. salt
1 cup frozen green beans, thawed
1/4 cup fresh crumbled feta cheese

Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and stir, cook 1-2 minutes. Add the lentils and water and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, partially covered, for about 20-25 minutes or until soft and tender (some like lentils more firm, some more mushy). Stir in the green beans, cumin, and salt and allow to heat through for a minute or so. Top with the feta cheese and serve.

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