Seriously. Would I lie to you?
The answer to that is no. Even though when I was a young lass (no I didn’t grow up in Scotland, I grew up in PA, but I like saying “young lass”) I was a wee bit of a pathological liar. I don’t know if it’s because I liked getting a reaction out of people or just the sheer attention, but something about telling a classroom full of wide-eyed peers about how you got a hot air balloon ride for your birthday and your parents just bought you a horse, it just came out naturally. And they totally believed me. Maybe I was convincing, maybe I was just convincing myself, but either way, it made me feel super cool even just for a few minutes. Which was not an easy feat when you had big Sally Jesse Raphael glasses and a nice big gap in your front teeth. Who wouldn’t want to be my friend, right?? Right…
Red Lentil Curry Stew
(Adapted from AllRecipes.com)
1 cup uncooked red lentils, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup tomato puree
1 Chobani fat-free greek yogurt, 6oz container
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 T coconut oil (or olive oil)
1 cup diced frozen onions and green peppers
1 cup frozen chopped spinach
1 T grated ginger root
1-2 T minced garlic
1 15 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 T cilantro paste (or bunch fresh, roughly chopped)
1 15 oz can mixed soup beans
Directions: Place lentils into a pot and fill with water, until covered. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low simmer and cover, cooking for 20 minutes. (Watch these as they can dry out and you can just add a little more water.) In a bowl mix tomato puree and greek yogurt. Add garam masala, cumin and turmeric, stir to combine.
In a large sautee pan, heat oil over med-high heat and add spinach, peppers and onions and ginger, and sautee for about 8 minutes until thawed and spinach is wilted. Add garlic and sautee for another minute. Slowly add in yogurt mixture and then diced tomatoes. Stir in cilantro, lentils and soup bean mix and cook for another 5 minutes until heated through.
This is honestly one of the easiest and most flavorful dishes I’ve ever made. You have to do a little bit of prep, but believe me when I tell you it’s totally worth it. I know my dinner is good when I call my mom after I take the first bite just to tell her how good it is. And then she asks for the recipe and I tell her she has to wait like the rest of the world to get it. But then I tell her that I love her. And then I ask why I never really got a hot air balloon ride or a horse.