Comfort Food: A New Twist
You know those nights. Work was busy, or stressful, or some relationship has gone awry. You're hungry, you skipped lunch. All you want to do is go home, crawl into bed with a carton of icecream and down the sweet treat until you just pass out.
Surprisingly, what you really don't need is that ice cream. What you need is a big fat hug. You probably also need to eat, if indeed you skipped lunch. Instead of turning to that sweet or salty comfort food for help, try your hand at making these lentils. Not only will they super hug you, but they'll also probably make you feel a whole lot better than you did when you left work. Consider them a true comfort food; a food pick-me-up without the impending sugar crash or stomach ache.
Lentils are an incredibly satiating and satisfying food. They are nourishing, filling, and totally help your body cleanse itself to stay healthy and strong. Lentils ought to be a weekly component of everyone's diet. This recipe is great for a cooler evening; look for warm-weather lentil dishes to come soon!
And best yet, lentils are SO EASY to cook! All you really have to do is prepare the veggie and spice accompaniments to your desire, toss all willing suspects into a pot or crockpot, and let the heat do the work!
2 cups dried red lentils
2 medium red onions (or 1 and 1 red and white)
4-6 cloves garlic
2-4 medium stewing tomatoes
cooking oil (I recommend coconut here folks)
one 15-ounce can whole-fat coconut milk
3 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp cinnamon
Rinse the lentils and set aside for a minute. In a soup pot over medium heat, add your preferred cooking oil. Add the spices to the oil. Chop or slice the onions then add 'em to the heat! Mince the garlic and add to the pot once the onions have cooked for a few minutes. Add the stewing tomatoes, the lentils, the coconut milk, and 1-2 cups of water. Let all of this stew over low-medium heat for up to an hour.
Remove from heat, serve, enjoy, and bask in the lentil hug!
The spices, onion, and garlic in this recipe are all excellent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. These will boost your immune system and your spirits. Consider making these glorious foods and spices a regular component of your kitchen and cooking to enjoy great health and flavor all of the time!