Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sloppy Lentils: Crockpot Staple
If not -- well, maybe you don't want to waste your time on this time-saving post.
If yes -- then please read on.
Seems to me that all of our energy during the month of December is sucked up by holiday preparations, decorating, and gift shopping. If I spend any of my creative energies on cooking, it's pointed in the direction of our annual holiday feasting -- not everyday weeknight dinner fare.
But, I'm making peace with that reality.
This week, life sent us -- not lemons -- but a bag of lentils from the Indian grocer. So with that, my friends, we made.... sloppy lentils.
A vegetarian riff on everyone's favorite comfort food sandwich, the sloppy joe, sloppy lentils is absolutely brimming with deliciously healthy vegetables (just look at all those delicious pieces of carrot and onion poking out from beneath the lentils).
You will really like this idea if you answer "TRUE" to two or more of the following statements:
1) You are preoccupied with more important activities than cooking (sad but true).
2) You own a crockpot.
3) You are not allergic to legumes.
4) It's cold outside and you're looking for something warm and filling to eat.
Even better than the fact that this can be made in a crockpot, it can also be made ahead. Because it just so happens that this dish tastes even better the next day. And even the next. So, make up a whole vat of it. You may not need to make dinner again for a whole week ;)
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