Caramelized onions add deep flavor to this fast take on the Middle Eastern dish mjadra, a simple vegetarian recipe featuring bulgur and lentils. Serve with a salad of chopped parsley, tomato and cucumber tossed with a lemon vinaigrette.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2011
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onions and salt; cook, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add 2 tablespoons water and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are golden brown and very soft, 13 to 15 minutes.

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  • Stir in lentils, bulgur and the remaining 1 1/4 cups water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the water is absorbed, 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons mint. Serve with the remaining mint, yogurt and lemon.

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Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate airtight for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Tips:
To cook lentils: Place in a saucepan, cover with at least 1 inch of water, bring to a simmer and cook until just tender, 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the type of lentil. Drain and rinse with cold water. 1 cup dry lentils = about 2 1/2 cups cooked. Or use canned lentils: 15-ounce can = 1 1/2 cups. Rinse canned lentils before cooking with them to reduce the sodium by about 35%.

Bulgur is made by parboiling, drying and coarsely grinding or cracking wheat berries. Bulgur just needs a quick soak in hot water for most uses. Look for it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets, near other grains.

Nutrition Facts

278.3 calories; protein 11.6g 23% DV; carbohydrates 43.6g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 11.1g 45% DV; sugars 6.8g; fat 7.8g 12% DV; saturated fat 1.1g 6% DV; cholesterol 0.3mg; vitamin a iu 241.9IU 5% DV; vitamin c 14.4mg 24% DV; folate 164.9mcg 41% DV; calcium 91.6mg 9% DV; iron 3.9mg 22% DV; magnesium 80.9mg 29% DV; potassium 580.3mg 16% DV; sodium 315.5mg 13% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 23% DV.