A great vegetarian dish by itself…or add some ham, turkey, even beef to it and kick up the protein even more. This thickens as it sets for a day or so and is hearty for a quick lunch. Make up a pot of fragrant Basmati rice to ladle it over for your family and there’s your complete meal!
Don’t be afraid of lentils. They are pretty hard to mess up…just let them simmer until they are soft. If the liquid starts to get low, add some more broth. You can use red, yellow, beluga or the regular old lentils you find everywhere.
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups onion, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons curry powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried cilanto
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger root
2 cups lentils
8-9 cups vegetable or chicken stock
One 15-oz can lite coconut milk
In a large stockpot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, yellow pepper, and garlic. Cook for 10 minutes or until softened. Add curry powder, cayenne, cumin, salt, black pepper, cilantro, and ginger root. Cook for 2 minutes or until spices are very fragrant.
Stir in 8 cups of the broth and coconut milk. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes or until lentils are tender. If it gets too thick before they are done, add more broth. Makes approx ten 1-cup servings.
Per Serving: 190 Cal; 9 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 16 g Carb; 5 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 722 mg Sodium