Friday, March 19, 2010

Lentils {India's Comfort Food}

Lentils are a staple at my house.

They receive an A+ for
B vitamins
protein
folate
fiber
iron

*I start with a famous trio*
carrots ~ celery ~ onions
I read on Health.com that "Lentils are to India
as meatloaf is to America: the quintessential comfort food" 

*I use my noisy friend to slice and dice*
then I wash the lentils
I sauté them and then add a secret ingredient:
butternut squash
It looks so pretty, doesn't it!
If you add a little spice from India
{cinnamon & garlic *you can add ginger & curry too}
...it will taste awesome...

Add a quart of chicken stock {I use organic low sodium or my own}.
Then...about a quart more water.
~ COOK UNTIL ALL IS TENDER ~

...Having a little fun with mini wagon wheels...
Don't forget the Parmesano Reggiano!

Parm on anything!

Bon Appetit!
 
*
Buon Appetito!

Join me cookin' up good food with the Foodie Friday gang.



20 comments:

Purvail said...

It looks so healthy and yummy. I don't cook enough with lentiles and I should as they are not very costly.
Happy pink weekend

Barb said...

Oh! I wrote a long comment and lost it. Where did it go? Anyway - I first want to compliment you on the lovely tea service in the Header. It makes me think spring even though we have a foot of snow here in Denver. Also, that lentil soup would taste great on a snowy, blustery day. I may have to venture to the market tomorrow for the ingredients. Have a restful weekend, Maria.

koralee said...

Oh Maria...I want a bowl. I love soup and this one looks amazing. I love your new banner as well...happy sweet weekend. xoxo

The Duchess of Wessex said...

Beautiful soup!

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog! You must e-mail me sometime! :)

Wanda said...

Lentils are always in a glass canister in my kitchen, Maria. They make a great substitute for meat in spaghetti sauce to! I just may follow your recipe today, too big of a coincidence, that I have everything necessary. I make lentil soup and butternut soup all the time, but never combined. Thanks for the recipe! ♥...Wanda

Diana said...

Thank you for the recipe Maria. I absolutely love lentils and this sounds so good!
Love Di ♥

Dianne said...

Wow! Maria, I feel "comforted" just looking at the pictures of this.

Have a cozy weekend. It is supposed to turn cold and rainy here although we have had a beautiful week just past.

How are the wedding plans coming?

Love,
D.

Janean said...

it looks very good taste-wise and health-wise.

do lintels taste like a navy or great northern bean? or like a lima bean?

Regina said...

Delicious! I really love lentils.
Enjoy the weekend.

Sherry said...

That looks delicious!
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Thanks!
Sherry

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I love lentils too!~
I do a lentil curry sauce that is wonderful all by itself or over rice. Mmmm!

Julie Harward said...

Oh, that looks so good to me! I love real food like this, nothing better! Have a good spring and weekend! :D

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

looks yummy,i will try it in a vegetarian way...thanks for the visit..hope you come back again..thanks...have a nice weekend


hugs,
blue

Vicki said...

Yumm. . . that looks so delicious, Maria, and healthy. Thank you for sharing your recipe, too. One of my favorite things to make is homemade vegetable soup. I love your new blog header. It makes me smile just to look at it. Have a happy, peaceful weekend, dear friend! Vicki

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Seems a Super Soup to me, Maria! Great pictures of showing to journey of the vegetables.... I hope you are enjoying it!
Have a Sparkling Spring begin. We're planning to go outside for a long walk, tomorrow. The temperature is perfect, just a little bit of Sun, please ;o)

Afternoon Tea Fan said...

That is the most healthy looking and delicious thing I have seen in a very long time. And those two things do not generally go together.

Wanda said...

Oh my, I'm feeling healthier just gazing at your post and this delicious and healthy food!

Love the colors of fresh veggies!!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This looks wonderful and completely different than anything I make. I'll try this when I get home. I also love the sky shots and the new header. I'm taking a little time to try to catch up a bit.

Thank you for your prayers for my mom. We are going through a difficult time and they help so much.

Sue

Michael Lee West said...

I need to try this! Thanks for linking to Foodie Friday!

christalenergy said...

mmmm...dellicious!these kind of stuff has been my diet lately...and I feel so rejuvanated :)