A hearty slow cooker meal that is simple to make and satisfying to eat, especially on a chilly day! Top each bowl with some grated Parmesan and serve with warm, crusty bread, if desired.
For those of you that couldn't get your lentils to cook: Adding any acid food such as tomatoes will slow down the cooking time and you'll end up with hard lentils. Add tomatoes after the lentils are nearly cooked through. This should be in the cooking directions. I also added cajun seasoning, onion, garlic, fresh parsley etc. served with corn bread like red beans and rice. Yum - 16 Feb 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I love lentils and was looking for a little something different to do with them when I happened upon this recipe. Well, lets just say I could not keep my husband from dipping into the crock pot over and over again before it was time for dinner. This was really wonderful! I did make two changes though. Instead of using plain diced tomatoes, I used diced tomatoes with green chilis. I also chopped up a small onion and put it into the mix. I gave this recipe 5 stars because I think it would have been wonderful without the changes I made, we just like our food with a little bit of a "bite" to it. Not only was this meal yummy, but very economical as well. I served with warm crusty bread and a big salad and I was able to feed my family of 5 for under $10.00, with leftovers to boot. Thank you so much, I will be making again for sure! - 02 Oct 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Incredible recipe - easy, fast, tastes great! (but IS filling! We like some spice & flavor so I used 1 can of Ro-tel (tomatoes & green chilis) instead of plain tomatoes & did NOT drain the can. I like carrots so I added 3 large ones cut into 1 inch chunks & more celery too - fyi veggies tend to dissolve in slow cookers so the larger pieces do fine with longer/all day cook times. Mine was ready in 5 hrs on high in a crock pot (used small brown lentils). When I am cooking it while at work all day, I'll add large/regular lentils and leave pot on low for 8-9 hours. This recipe is so high in protein & fiber, is easy & inexpensive to make - what more do you need in a recipe?! Thanks a million Tanya! Oops - forgot to say I added 1/2 large onion, chopped, and 2tsp fresh minced garlic! Don't forget it - it makes a difference! - 11 Feb 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)