Stephen's Healthy Lentil Bowl

>> Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Stephen continues to make most of our dinners these days. His awesome Garbanzo Garlic Knots and Perfect Pizza Crust have earned him major respect in the kitchen.

He's always making something as healthy as possible, which both Baby A. and I appreciate tremendously. He was even able to sneak a ton of kale into this dish. Kale I was actually able to eat, despite my recent aversion!


What you'll need . . .
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 cups of shredded kale
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup almond milk

Method . . .
  1. Heat 3 cups of water on high and when it is boiling, toss in the lentils. Cook -- uncovered -- until soft (6 to 8 minutes -- they should be soft and still rather wet). Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a deep pan. Add the green onions. Saute until glassy.
  3. Add coriander seeds. When they start to pop -- add the rest of the spices and stir until onions are coated.
  4. Add garbanzo beans and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Add in the lentils. Stir. Cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the kale and almond milk. (Stirring will also soften/mash the lentils.) Cook another 5 minutes.

Stephen served our lentil bowl with some browned Mission wraps. They were excellent for dunking. And -- overall -- the meal was satisfying and much healthier than most I've been able to get down these days.


We're slowly chipping away at the new decor in our living and dining areas. I was stuck on the couch most of the weekend dealing with some pregnancy issues, but we managed to get out and buy a new table runner that better matches the colorful rug we love so much.

One problem: The cats love the runner. And sleeping on our dining room table. Anyone know how to get them to break this bad habit? It didn't used to matter much, so we haven't exactly disciplined them. But we're using the table more and more.

Otherwise, we didn't do much, unfortunately. You can read all about it on (never home)maker, baby! Thankfully I'm feeling better now, but it was the longest weekend ever. And not in a good way.

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