Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sloppy Lentils: Crockpot Staple

Is anyone else struggling to be inspired in the kitchen?

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).

Best of all, you can whip up this dish in the blink of an eyeball. Even on a weeknight.

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 ;)

Sloppy Lentils

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  1. True X4!! I've been looking for a veggie sloppy Joe recipe, so this is perfect. I love lentils, too. I will be making this soon!

  2. The only think I'm interested in lately is making cookies. We had tacos two nights this week - that's how unmotivated I am. So I feel ya, Lo.

    I am completely into this idea. And I can answer True to 3 out of the 4. It's 65 degrees where I am, but for me, that chilly enough for a sloppy joe.

  3. Sounds lovely. I have never had a sloppy joe before, but I am liking the look of this. Drooling over the keyboard right now!

  4. What a healthy dish, perfect with all the holiday rich foods around these days

  5. Yum! Just made sloppy lentils last week.

  6. I may not be pressed for inspiration but I AM pressed for time. (And isn't there really a fine line between the two anyway?) These sound delicious!

  7. What an awesome idea! I answered 4/4 questions, so I think this is on the menu for next week! :)

  8. This probably smells as great as it sounds.

  9. What a good idea- though I would definitely throw a little homemade bacon or guanciale in there for extra richness. Vegetarian-adjacent, I would call it.

  10. brilliant! this looks so delicious. and it reminds me that i forgot to buy lentils on my outpost run today. crap.


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