Sweet and Sour Lentils

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 2, 2008

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 T EVOO ($.10)

1. Cook lentils in water with salt. Bring to boil and simmer 20 minutes, until soft.
2. When lentils are cooked, add apple juice, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic and onion. Mix well and heat through until bubbly.
3. Cook 1 cup rice with 2.5 cups water.
4. Slice zucchini and saute in EVOO until tender.
5. 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!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Micah and Katie September 22, 2008 at 8:14 pm

What kind of lentils do you use in this recipe??


Micah and Katie September 22, 2008 at 8:15 pm

oh and whats EVOO


$5 Dinner Mom September 23, 2008 at 9:32 am

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.


Jen December 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm

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!


Ebru December 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

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.


Bonnie January 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Micah and Katie: TEVOO means tablespoon, extra, virgin olive oil. Hopes this helpls you.


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