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November 14, 2011

Lentil Chili Recipe

Filed under: Food, recipe, Vegetables — Tags: , , , , , — moneysavingcookbook @ 9:48 am

3 cups red lentils
1 450 g can peeled tomatoes
1 tbsp double concentrated tomato puree
1000 ml water
1 vegetable stock cube
2 onions
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
black pepper
mixed herbs

Place a large, thick-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add the oil and allow to get hot.
Slice the onions. Crush or slice the garlic clove. Add to the oil and allow to brown.
Add the lentils and stir.
Add the tomatoes, water and stock cube(or use made-up stock). Stir. Allow to come to a rolling boil. Stir.
Add the double concentrated tomato puree and stir thoroughly.
Add the seasonings, to taste.
Reduce to a medium heat and allow to simmer for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Top up with hot water to thin, as required.
Turn off the heat and let the chili rest for a few minutes before serving. Adjust the seasoning and spoon into bowls.

Serves 8

The taste of the chili matures the longer it is allowed to rest, so leftovers served the next day will taste better than chili served fresh.
Serve with toasted pita bread.


November 11, 2011

Cheap Eats – Legumes Are Food AND Friends

Filed under: Food, Money, recipe, Saving, Uncategorized, Vegetables — Tags: , , , , , , , — moneysavingcookbook @ 11:38 am

Legumes are a great source of protein and have the added benefits of being tasty and extremely good for your health and your pocket. Replace one or two meat meals per week with a legume-based meal. Try red and green lentils, which have very different flavours and can be prepared in a wide variety of ways. Lentil recipes are limited by your imagination, really, as the possibilities are almost endless.

One of our favourite mid-week staples is a stew made of red lentils with salt and black pepper. It takes about 15 minutes to cook, with no prep except a quick rinse, and tastes delicious. We simply pair it with pita bread and a glass of juice. Simple, easy, healthy.

A nice Rajma curry, made with curry powder and red kidney beans, is another excellent, easy, delicious meat-free option. It;s simple to prepare and tastes so great served over white rice that you won’t even miss the meat.

We love legumes, because they are cheap, tasty, healthy and packed full of nutrients. Money-saving Cookbook approved.

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