Spiced Red Lentils with Caramelized Onions and Spinach Recipe

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Spiced Red Lentils with Caramelized Onions and Spinach
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  1. Heat 2 tbsp. oil over medium heat in a large nonstick frying pan. Add onions and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and very soft with crisp edges, about 30 minutes. Transfer half to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, put lentils in a saucepan with 3 cups water and the bay leaves. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, uncovered, and skim foam. Simmer just until tender, 5 to 10 minutes (they'll fall apart a little). Remove bay leaves and set lentils aside-don't drain.
  3. Stir chile, ginger, coriander, turmeric, and 1 tsp. salt into pan of onions and cook over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until completely wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir onion-spinach mixture into pot of lentils and wipe frying pan clean.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in pan over medium heat. Add cumin and garlic and cook, stirring, until seeds are sizzling, about 1 minute; stir into lentils. Season with salt. Top lentils with reserved onion and serve over rice.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 2806.36 Kcal (11750 kJ)
Calories from fat 474.29 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52.7g 81%
Sodium 2168.23mg 90%
Potassium 2775.44mg 59%
Total Carbs 519.92g 173%
Sugars 13.12g 52%
Dietary Fiber 74.78g 299%
Protein 82.33g 165%
Vitamin C 37.4mg 62%
Iron 396.5mg 2203%
Calcium 220.9mg 22%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 193.21 Kcal (809 kJ)
Calories from fat 32.65 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.63g 81%
Sodium 149.27mg 90%
Potassium 191.08mg 59%
Total Carbs 35.79g 173%
Sugars 0.9g 52%
Dietary Fiber 5.15g 299%
Protein 5.67g 165%
Vitamin C 2.6mg 62%
Iron 27.3mg 2203%
Calcium 15.2mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 59.7
  • 72

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • cholesterol free,
  • high fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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