Mar 20, 2014

Simple French Lentils with Onion and Bay Leaf

The amount of flavor in this dish is remarkable compared to its simple and minimal ingredients. It makes a wonderful side dish for a plant-strong protein. One cup of cooked lentils contains more than 17 grams! Lentils are also known to improve liver function because they contain high amounts of choline. Choline is a nutrient which enables the liver to rid itself of fat so that it can effectively filter toxins from the bloodstream. They are also a good source of minerals, especially iron, and B vitamins as well as being high in fiber.

French lentils are so adorable. Smaller than their green cousins and quicker to cook, they hold their shape better when cooked which is great when using them as a side dish as opposed to in a soup or a dal.


  • 1 cup French lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 TBS nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp tamari or other low sodium soy sauce (optional)
  • 2 TBS veggie base (NOTE: you can use vegetable stock in place of the water and the veggie base)


  1. Water sauté the onion until tender.
  2. Add the lentils and remaining ingredients, cover and simmer until al of the water is absorbed.
  3. Add the nutritional yeast and stir to combine. Top with some lemon and fresh tomatoes if you like (I love lemon juice squeezed on my lentils)! 

Serves 4-5 as a side dish. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

One response to “Simple French Lentils with Onion and Bay Leaf”

  1. Puy lentils….my favourite – Must make this on the weekend. Thanks for reminding me!

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