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How to Cook Low-Fat Lentils in a Crock-Pot

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author image Nannette Richford
Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with more than four years' experience in online writing. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in teaching 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.
How to Cook Low-Fat Lentils in a Crock-Pot
How to Cook Low-Fat Lentils in a Crock-Pot Photo Credit Pamela Follett/Demand Media

Lentils are naturally low in fat and high in dietary fiber, folate and magnesium, making them an excellent addition to your diet. These nutritious legumes also provide protein, iron, phosphorus and copper. While lentils can be cooked quickly on the stove top, many prefer to cook them with savory spices and herbs in the Crock-Pot, as a side dish or as part of a main meal.

Step 1

How to Cook Low-Fat Lentils in a Crock-Pot
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Spread the lentils on a paper plate or on paper towels. Examine them for any small stones or bits of plant residue from harvesting.

Step 2

How to Cook Low-Fat Lentils in a Crock-Pot
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Pour the lentils in a colander and rinse them under warm water until the water runs clear. Unlike other legumes, such as dried beans, lentils do not require soaking before cooking.

Step 3

How to Cook Low-Fat Lentils in a Crock-Pot
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Place the washed lentils in the Crock-Pot. Add 1½ to 2 times as much liquid as lentils for lentils that will be served as a side dish. Choose water or low-fat broth.

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Step 4

How to Cook Low-Fat Lentils in a Crock-Pot
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Add vegetables, such as chopped carrots, garlic, onions and other root vegetables. Enhance the flavor with canned tomatoes and chopped lean chicken. For a lentil soup or stew, add more liquid to increase the broth.

Step 5

How to Cook Low-Fat Lentils in a Crock-Pot
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Season the lentils with Italian or Indian spices. Don't add salt until the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking, because salt can make the lentils tough.

Step 6

How to Cook Low-Fat Lentils in a Crock-Pot
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Cook the lentils on the low setting for six to seven hours, or the high setting for three to four hours.

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