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Foolproof bean/lentil recipes you love to make again and again

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Foolproof bean/lentil recipes you love to make again and again

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Mariposa | | Nov 10, 2009 03:56 AM

This winter I am working on conquering my beanphobia. For too long beans, lentils, dried peas, and other pulses have loomed at the edge of my cooking consciousness, with their long soaking times, delicate constitutions (don't add salt! or tomatoes! or look at them funny!), and disturbing potential for gassiness.

I have a couple recipes that I've made enough times now that I know I can count on them. One is for French Lentil Soup, the other is for a red lentil dish that is somewhere between a salad, a soup, and dal. The internet is full of recipes for beans/lentils/etc. but I don't want to waste my time (and possibly cement my phobia) on an unverified recipe.

Do you have any great bean standards? Preferably recipes made with fairly common ingredients that are so delicious you find yourself making them over and over? I'm vegetarian and gluten-free, but if your favorite bean/lentil recipe isn't, I'd still love to know about it. I'm a good recipe adapter (although that's probably what gets me into trouble with the beans in the first place...).

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