Tag Archives: lentils

5 Recipes for $45

14 Mar

This week’s recipes is heavy on the canned goods.  I’m a fan of using canned and frozen goods as often as possible.  That means less trips to the grocery store for me and more money in my pocket at the end of the week!

Vegetarian Simple and Fast Beans and Rice Tacos

Vegetarian Chickpea and Tomato Soup with Dumplings

Vegan Quinoa with Collard Greens and Bacon

Chicken Tikka Masala with Rice

Vegan Lentil Burgers with Samosa Stuffing


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Lentil Burgers with Samosa Stuffing

14 Mar

The first time I ate a Samosa I have wanted one every day ever since. This week I am attempting to make a steak and mashed potato type dish using the ingredients usually found in mostly Indian dishes.

Lentil Burgers with Samosa Stuffing
Serves 4
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time:


1 cup lentils
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 onion, chopped
1 ts chili powder
salt and pepper
1 TB garam masala
1 egg
1 cup breadcrumbs
olive oil

Samosa Stuffing

2 potatoes, chopped
1 cup frozen peas, cooked
1 onion, chopped
1/2 ts cumin
1/2 ts tumeric
1/2 ts cardamom
1/4 ts coriander
1/4 ts fennel seed
1/4 ts ginger powder
1/2 ts chili powder
salt and pepper


1.  Rinse lentils; cook in boiling salted water for 25 minutes. Add the frozen corn to cook for the last 5 minutes.  Drain.
2. Heat oil in a skillet. Cook onions with spices for 5 minutes.
2.  Mash lentils in a bowl.  Add onions and the remaining ingredients and mix together.
3.  Divide lentil mixture into 8 equal portions and form into patties.
4.  Fry burgers in olive oil for 2 minutes on each side; lower heat and fry another 5 minutes on each side.

To make Samosa Stuffing:

1.  Place chopped potatoes into sauce pan.  Cover with water; bring water to a boil and cook potatoes for 7 minutes.  Drain.
2.  Mash potatoes together with a fork or masher.  Add peas and mix well.
3.  Heat olive oil in fry pan.  When hot add onions.  Add all of the spices and cook for 5 minutes.
4.  Add onions to potatoes and peas; mix well.

Split Pea and Lentil Soup

15 Feb

Lentil and Split Pea Puree
Can be made vegetarian (remove bacon and replace chicken stock with veggie stock.)

Serves: 4
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes


4 slices bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, copped
2 TB tomato paste
1/2 cup each dried brown lentils
1/2 cup split peas
3 1/2 cups chicken stock
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 TB cumin
1 ts chili powder


1. Cook bacon in a saute pan until crisp; remove and place on paper towel to drain.
2. While saute pan is still hot, add onions and saute 3 minutes; add garlic for 30 secods, stir and add carrots and celery. Cook 5 more minutes.
3. Stir in lentils and peas; add stock, salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin.
4. Bring gentle boil, cover and lower heat. Simmer fir 40 minutes.
5. Puree mixture with food processor or hand held mixer. Reheat if necessary.
6. Top with bacon and serve.

Garnish with onion tops.

Creamed Lentils with Garlic Croutons

17 Jan

Creamed Lentils with Garlic Croutons

Serves 4
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes


4 cups water
1 1/2 cups small green lentils, rinsed
1 to 2 cups half and half
1 TB butter
3 slices bacon

1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 slices country white bread (great time to use the ends of the loaf!), cut into cubes

1. In a saucepan over high heat, combine water, lentils, half and half, butter, and bacon. Bring to a boil.
2. Reduce heat, cover partially, and simmer 40 minutes.
3. Remove the bacon and blend the lentils (in batches) in a food processor. Get the lentils as smooth as possible.

1. Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic for 30 seconds, then add the bread.
2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir until bread is brown and crispy.

Serve lentils topped with garlic croutons!

Lentils and Rice Casserole

22 Sep

Lentils and Rice Casserole

***This is great for leftover lentils and rice***

Total Prep and Cook Time (Including Cooking Lentils and rice): 1 hour 15 minutes
Serves 6


2 tablespoons canola oil
1 onion, diced
2 cups cooked green lentils
2 cups cooked rice
2 cups plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Directions on cooking Lentils
1. Pour 4 cups of water or broth into a pot and boil it in medium to high heat.
2. Add lentils when the water boils. Add fresh or dried herbs for flavor. Do not add salt while cooking, as this tends to harden the lentils. Any acidic ingredients like lemon juice, vinegar or tomatoes must also be added after cooking.
3. Boil in medium to high heat for 3-5 minutes then reduce to a simmer for 10-15 minutes.
4. The cooking time for lentils varies depending on the type. To make sure that you do not overcook the lentils, start tasting after 15-20 minutes. It should be tender but not mushy. Cook for another 5 minutes if you want it to be a bit more tender

Directions for making Casserole:

1. In a heavy skillet heat canola oil and gently saute the onions.
2. Add all remaining ingredients except the cheese.
3. Mix well and pour into the casserole dish.
4. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake at 375 F for 30 minutes. Serve hot as a main dish.

Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup

7 Aug

Pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup


Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Total Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves 4

1 TB olive oil
1 long red chili, seeded and chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 pound butternut squash, peeled and chopped
12 oz sweet potato, chopped
4 cups veggie stock
1/2 cup red lentils
1 TB tahini

1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat; add chili and onion. Cook for 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add squash and sweet potato. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occassionally.
2. Increase heat to high; add stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Add lentils and cook, covered, for 7 minutes.
3. Blend soup in batches in blender or food processor. Add tahini and blend until smooth. Return to saucepan and heat until warmed through.

Lentil Rissoles

26 Jun

Lentil Rissoles

Prep Time: 20 minutes PLUS 40 minutes cooling
Total Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Serves 4

1 TB oil
1 onion, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
2 ts ground cumin
1 ts ground coriander
1 carrot, diced
1 cup red lentils
1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
2/3 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup frozen peas
3 TB parsley, chopped

1. Heat oil in large saucepan with a lid. Cook the onion, garlic, cumin and coriander over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in carrot, lentils and 2 cups water. Slowly bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook 30 minutes. Stir frequently to stop lentils from sticking and burning. Remove lid for last 10 minutes to evaporate any remaining liquid.
2. Transfer lentils to a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and cool for 10 minutes. Stir in breadcrumbs, walnuts, peas and parsley. Form into 3 inch round rissoles (flat discs about 1 inch thick). Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3. Evenly coat rissoles in dry breadcrumbs, shaking off excess. Heat 1/2 inch of oil in deep frying pan, add the rissoles and cook in two batches for 3 minutes each side. Drain on paper towels.