My husband and I have talked of late of trying to get on a better diet and eating more Legumes and beans. Getting away from the meats. And that has been it, alot of talking. Not that we aren't trying. It might take us a while to get to the point where meat will not be in our diets much. Anyhow the reason for my title picture Abundance, comes about when we went shopping one day. My dear husband went to the aisle where the beans were, and decided to pick up every type of bean bag that they had there.
These are some of the bean bags that he bought. Had to store some of the others in another place.
So.............what to do with tons of beans?
I like Lentils, so figured I would start with them. But thinking what shall I do with them with what I have here in the house.
Had some potatoes for a starter so peeled them. I used about 6 small potatoes.
A bunch of celery was my next find. So I used one stalk of celery.
Great!!! Some nice orange carrots. I am batting 100% here in finding things to put in with the lentils, to hopefully make it taste good.
Some garlic cloves that I had stored in my garlic saver. It pays to check things out sometimes or you forget that you have them. Yes, that is what I am saying,,,,,, I did forget I had them in there. I just like the garlic saver and how it looks on my counter. :-) Used 1 clove of garlic.
Now this is one thing I always keep on hand. Cans of tomatoes. I put tomatoes in everything I can. Today I am using the diced tomatoes.
Spices and herbs of your choice. For this dish, I used Basil Leaves, White Pepper, Sea Salt, and Onion Plus.
Lentils are one of the few legumes that you do not have to soak first. You just have to check through them for stones or bad lentils .Than rinse them in cold water and drain.
This package called for 10 cups of hot water poured over the beans after being rinsed and when you have them in the pot.
I chopped the celery, carrots, potatoes and garlic and added them to the pot, along with the diced tomatoes . I like to use potatoes or rice in my soups as the starch from them make the dish a little thicker.
Okay everything that I could find and think what would go together with the lentils is in the pot. Started out on high temperature to get it to the boiling point. Than turned it down to medium and than simmer. It took about 1 hour and 20 mins. I wanted to make sure all the vegetables and lentils were cooked all the way through.
Awww, the delicious smell just filtered throughout the house. My husband came in from working outside, I could tell by the way his nose was twitching that he was picking up on the delicious aroma.
He couldn't wait to dish out the lentil dish. Whew, hope it taste as good as it smells.!
Well, it looks good enough to eat. Here's hoping I am right!!! I served it with a tall glass of unsweetened tea and a slice of white wheat bread. With Smart Balance butter and a tad bit of honey.
Yeah, success! As you can tell the bowl was empty. And Hubbie enjoyed the meal.!! Thank goodness, because now I have to think of other ways to cook the other 49 bags of different beans that he bought.!!
Even though the dish is healthy and delicious, there is always that taste of hamburger stuck in the back of my mind.!!