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Vegetarian Alternative to Ground Beef

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"A great vegetarian alternative to ground beef."
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35 m servings 193
Original recipe yields 5 servings (2 1 /2 cups)


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  1. Bring water to a boil in a pot. Stir lentils into water, reduce heat to low, and cook at a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the water is mostly absorbed, 25 to 25 minutes. Stir onion, garlic, paprika, bay leaf, cumin, salt, and pepper into the lentils; continue cooking until the water is fully absorbed and the lentils tender, 5 to 10 minutes more. Stir olive oil into the lentils. Remove and discard the bay leaf.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can use 1 tablespoon butter in place of the olive oil, if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 193 calories; 6.1 26 9.6 0 45 Full nutrition

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This was delicious served on a bun like a sloppy joe. Thank you for the recipe.