So, this past weekend, it turned very cold here in MN. We’re talking sub-zero kind of cold. Naturally, I was looking for a recipe to make for my lunches that would warm me up.
Enter Red Lentil Curry with Spinach. I just want to say…WHOA! OK, you guys, this is one of the simplest and quickest recipes I’ve come across in a long time. AND, one of the most flavorful recipes I’ve had in a long time.
I have to admit, I didn’t try any while I was cooking it up – at 8pm on Saturday night – so I truly didn’t know how good it was until I ate it for lunch today…I like to live life on the edge. I figured I bring enough food to graze all day, if I had to forego the main course, I wouldn’t starve. And, I indeed didn’t starve…I cried that I only had the small portion. I was wanting more. So, now…
I am really looking forward to lunch tomorrow, just kidding, but not really!
1 1/2 cup Whole Fat Coconut Milk
1 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup red curry paste
3/4 cup red lentils
2 cups fresh spinach
In a high-sided skillet,over medium-high heat, mix coconut milk, water and red curry paste. Bring to a boil.
Add red lentils. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until lentils are soft.
Remove from heat and add spinach. Stir the spinach until it is wilted and mixed thoroughly.
Do you ever feel like you’re in a rut? You keep making the same thing, the same day every week? For us, we have Sunday steak. This meal usually consists of a steak, my husband grills, and either a salad for me or Brussels sprouts. He usually has a baked potato! We live life on the wild side!
So, when I placed this casserole on the table instead of our regulars, dinner got a little exciting. Okay, maybe it wasn’t exciting for my husband (he’s more the “this food in front of me is sustenance. If it tastes good, then bonus for me” kind of guy). But, for me, I was venturing on a bold new adventure in Sunday night dinner. Boldly standing tall and proclaiming “We shall have variety in our food”. And then we dined!
There are a few reasons I really like this recipe:
Lower calories – 195 per serving (6 servings total)
Easy to make – literally took me about 40 minutes from start to table.
Cheesy, cheesy, cheesy
2 lbs Yukon gold or other yellow potato
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
3 oz fat-free cream cheese
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup Panko
1 Tbsp chopped chives
Peel and quarter potatoes. (Can leave skin on, if desired)
Place potatoes and garlic in large stock pot, and then cover with cold water.
Bring to a boil. Lower heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook potatoes until they are tender, about 10 – 15 minutes. Drain all but 1/4 cup of water from potatoes.
Return potatoes to the pot, setting the reserved liquids off to the side for later use.
To potatoes, add cream cheese, yogurt, and half of the cheddar cheese. Using a potato masher, mash potatoes to the consistency desired.
When mashed, stir in salt,pepper, and about 3 to 4 Tbsp of the reserved potato water.
Turn potatoes out into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Gently and evenly spread potatoes in dish.
Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
While potatoes are baking, mix Panko and remaining cheese until well combined.
Remove potatoes from oven and heat broiler to high setting.
Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture on top of potatoes and broil for 3 to 5 minutes (taking care not to let them burn).
First off – my father-in-law gave me this cool julienne peeler for Christmas. I just used it for the first time today…and I have to say, I’m ready to julienine everything in sight! Potatoes, butternut squash, apples…the possibilities are endless.
Now, where did that dog and cat go? 😉
I love how it slices perfect zucchini noodles!
2-3 large zucchini, julienned or spiralized
1/2 dried lentils, rinsed and sorted, then cooked to package directions
For the sauce
14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/4 medium red onion, finely chopped
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp oregano
3 tsp Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Cook lentils according to package.
While lentils cook, put all ingredients for sauce in food processor, blend on high for 25-30 seconds or until thick sauce forms.
Add sauce to small pan and cook over medium heat to bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 to 10 minutes.
Once lentils are cooked, add to marinara sauce. Take off heat and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add zucchini and cook until soft and pasta-like (about 5 minutes).
Evenly divide zucchini and top with marinara sauce.
Ribollita is an Italian peasant stew. When meat was too expensive to use in every meal, veggie-packed stews would be made. Not only were they tasty, they were filling and healthy.
I made this pot of goodness for Thanksgiving, along with a turkey and all the trimmings. The small amount of red pepper flakes added to the stew give it a slow-forming heat that warms like being wrapped in your favorite fluffy blanket. This stew is warm and comforting on a cold winter’s day.
Spread bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until toasted.
Bring 2 cups water, cabbage, and kale to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook for 20 minutes or until cabbage mixture is wilted and tender. Drain.
Heat large Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add 1 Tbsp oil, onion, carrot, celery, and parsley to pan; cook 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add potatoes; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in cabbage mixture, salt, and red pepper flakes; cook 5 minutes.
Stir in remaining 2 cups of water, vegetable stock, tomato puree, and beans; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, partially covered for 30 minutes, storing occasionally.