Thursday, February 21, 2008

5-year-old says, "More lentils!"

Lentils + rice = complete protein. Tonight we had honey baked lentils and 'LilDude (5) asked for THIRDS. Here it is, modified from More with Less, a VERY well-used cookbook in our house!

Combine in saucepan:

1 lb (2 1/3 c.) lentils
1 small bay leaf
5 c. water
2 t. salt (or less)

Bring to boil. Cover tightly, reduce heat. Simmer 30 mins. Do not drain. Preheat oven to 350.

Combine separately and add to lentils:

1 t. dry mustard
1/4 t. powdered ginger
1 T. soy sauce
1 c. water
1/2 c. chopped onions, optional (I skip)

Slice some bacon in little chunks, optional. (I didn't use it this time and it's great without. Recipe says "4 slices"...I never use that much.) Stir most of bacon into lentils and sprinkle a few on top.

Pour over all:

1/3 c. honey

Cover tightly. Bake 1 hr. Uncover last 10 mins. to brown bacon.

Serve over rice:

You can make use of the oven energy by cooking oven rice...also from More with Less.

Combine in covered casserole dish:

2 c. hot water
1 c. rice (I use brown)
1/2 t. salt
1 T. oil or margarine (I use olive oil or coconut oil)

Cover and bake 45 mins. or longer for larger quantities. I doubled the rice recipe and it was done the same time as the lentils.

To really save on your oven energy, put frozen corn in another casserole dish with a little water and let it thaw/heat with the other dishes.



Michele said...

Thanks for posting this! I have been wanting to get this cook book and our library doesn't have it. I think I'll buy it. This recipe sounds yum!

richmomma said...

Michele, DEFINITELY worth buying. I actually have two copies--one for the travel trailer (I found this copy at a thrift store) and one for home. My home copy is losing it's cover and has food spattered on most pages. It's probably my most used cookbook. And recipes use inexpensive, "it's already in the pantry!" items.

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