Friday, August 24, 2012

No Place Like Home (also, Curried Lentils)

Well, it has been a wild, crazy, fun and amazing summer. Camp ended this past Sunday and we had the privilege of staying an extra couple of days while Tony helped with a junior high leadership retreat being held at the camp. It was nice to be able to take some time to move our family out of our temporary home, but I am so glad to be back in our own space. There was so much that happened this summer and I have so much to tell you about! Keep a look out for a lot of posts on the amazing things God was doing through our little camp. For now, I think we need a little time to process and regroup as a family. So, in lieu of any long diatribes, here's what's for dinner tonight!

Curried Lentils and Rice (6 servings)

( as I am too lazy to measure things, all measurements are approximate)

1 onion, slice into rings
2 tbsps oil
2 cups dried lentils
2 cups chicken/vegetable broth (or 1 14oz can)
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 cup rice
Salt and pepper to taste
Cilantro, garnish
Plain yogurt, optional

Heat oil in saucepan then brown onions. (At this point, you can remove and reserve the onions but I am a lazy cook). Add lentils, seasoning and broth. Add water, if necessary, to cover the lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes. Add rice and more water to cover. Cover pan and continue to simmer until lentils and rice are cooked (~30 minutes). Top with reserved onions, cilantro and yogurt.

This recipe can easily be made vegan by eliminating the yogurt and using veggie broth. Or carnivorous by adding grilled chicken if you are a meat and potatoes person like my husband.

Cost breakdown: $ 3.62 ($.63/serving!)
Oil= .07
1 onion= .25
1 can broth= 1
~1/2 bag lentils= .85
Spices= ~.25
Rice= .30 {bought in bulk}
Yogurt= .50 {cheaper if you make your own, but that is for another post}
Cilantro= .40 {probably much less in reality, but seeing as how you never use the whole bunch, maybe more accurate}

1 comment:

  1. totally making this for dinner tomorrow. mmm mmm mmm