Savory & Sweet Cream of Wheat with Lentils

When I went to the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo last year, I stopped by the Lentils booth and tried this delicious dish that I have been re-creating ever since with my own little flavor spin! Savory & Sweet Cream of Wheat with Lentils.  You may not think lentils + cream of wheat go together but they do! and tastes amazing.  The addition of honey, dried cranberries, apples, cinnamon and vanilla make this warm dish extra flavorful and nutritious.  Not to mention that this dish is gluten free and you get a boost of fiber and protein from pulses!  The variety of toppings are endless and totally customizable to your taste preferences.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds (or pumpkin seeds)

1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup

2 cups of unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup Cream of Wheat

1/4 cup split red lentils

1/2 apple, finely chopped

1 cup of water

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the lentils and water.
  2. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, in a small bowl combine the apple, almonds and 1 teaspoon of the maple syrup. Set aside.
  4. Pour milk into a medium saucepan, bring to a light boil and whisk in cream of wheat.
  5. Reduce heat to a simmer and add the cranberries, vanilla, cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup.  Whisk to combine.
  6. Once lentils are cooked and soft, pour into a mesh strainer and use a whisk or spoon to extract any excess liquid from the lentils.
  7. Pour lentils into the cream of wheat mixture and continue to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  8. Portion out mixture into individual bowls and top with the apple and almond mixture.  Serve warm.

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