Sweet and Sour Lentils

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Sweet and Sour Lentils

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 30 minutes


  • 1 cup lentils ($.50)
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/4 cup apple juice ($.15)
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar ($.15)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar ($.15)
  • 1 clove garlic ($.05)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped, sauteed ($.30)
  • 1 cup rice ($.20)
  • 1 Zucchini ($.79)
  • 1-2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil ($.10)


  • Cook lentils in water with salt. Bring to boil and simmer 20 minutes, until soft.
  • When lentils are cooked, add apple juice, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic and onion. Mix well and heat through until bubbly.
  • Cook 1 cup rice with 2.5 cups water.
  • Slice zucchini and saute in olive oil until tender.
  • Serve lentils over rice. (Rice + Lentils = Complete Protein! Gotta love cheap protein!)

Cost $2.39

This is a CHEAP as it gets!!! Enjoy the meal and the bargain!

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  1. $5 Dinner Mom says

    EVOO = Extra virgen olive oil
    Type of lentils…not sure! I don’t remember what kind I usually buy…I just grab them off the shelf. I imagine this would work with any or a variety.

  2. Jen says

    I just made this unassuming recipe and it was quite flavorful and delicious! Thankn Erin. Also, I didn’t have zucchini so I just microwaved a box of frozen (chopped) spinach and used my potato ricer to drain it before adding it to the lentil mixture. Can’t wait to let my husband & daughter try this for dinner. Yum!

  3. says

    pecorino is often also called ronamo over here. I guess the correct name is pecorino Romano: pecorino ronamo is a grating cheese and then there are pecorino sardo and toscano that are table cheeses. They are all made with sheep milk, but in different part of Italy.

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