This post is part of Pennywise Platter!
Ugh, I feel so gross! Bloated, full, just nasty. All of the sudden eating lots of refined sugar and flour will do that to a person. It’s Sunday evening and I spent the day eating sugar. Actually, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but I did consume more than I have in a long time. I decided not to do my little “fast” on Sundays. I’ve got to be able to cut myself a little slack here and there. It’s kind of ridiculous how much I CAN”T eat. I know, I should focus on what I CAN eat but that’s hard when you aren’t home and Sundays are often spent away. So today (Sunday) I ate some cake, bought bread, ketchup, cherry cobbler, nutty pretzel sticks, and jam. Among other, much more nourishing things, of course.
But can I tell you that I did a good job on Saturday? My friends and I threw a big bridal shower for another friend and the only thing I consumed (by accident) was some punch! (And about the shower…we COMPLETELY surprised her. I’ve never seen anyone more shocked. As much as I hate planning surprises it was kind of fun to see her face!)
So that’s my little speech. I’ll shut my mouth now and just give you a super tasty, healthy, meatless meal. It’s in our meatless rotation, that’s for sure. Hearty, filling, cheap (especially if you grow your own veggies), and so easy to whip up. I love it.
Adapted from More With Less, page 106
1 3/4 cups dry lentils, rinsed
2 cups water or stock
1 whole bay leaf
2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 t herbs (marjoram, sage, thyme, etc)
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pint canned tomatoes, undrained
4 large carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
1 sweet pepper, diced
4 oz frozen spinach (or Swiss chard)
1 T parsley flakes
2 – 3 cups shredded cheese
In a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish, combine the lentils, water, bay leaf, salt, pepper, herbs, onion, garlic, and tomatoes. Cover and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, green pepper, spinach and parsley. Cover again and bake another 45 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Put back in oven for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.