“Goals don’t start in our brain, they start in our heart.”
Big goal for this grandma – find a bunch of easy and interesting side dishes to give a bit of spark to the usual. Here’s a goodie. The goodest part is the nutritional value of lentils. It’s a super food, especially when combined with rice or quinoa. Finally, lentils are super quick to fix. Google lentils to find out more.
4 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 cups kale or spinach, chopped
2 cups lentils
1 large sweet potato, cut into a large dice
6 baby carrots, sliced into chunks
1-15 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 red potatoes, cut into a large dice
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 t cumin
1 teaspoon onion power
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
S&P to taste
Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
Add the onions and celery and cook for about 4 or 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two. Add the remaining ingredients.
Bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer on medium-low heat for about 30 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
This is a dish that’s just crying out for other additives such as sweet corn or a topping like plain yogurt. This is a dish that freezes well. Thank goodness, because this recipe makes lots.
You could halve this recipe. However, it’s difficult to halve a 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes, so you just might have to cut out one cup of water. I know you’ll figure it out. You’re not just a pretty face!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.