I am here today to tell you the secret to some Yummy, EASY, husband-pleasing lentils! "Is that even possible?? you may ask? Well, Yes. Yes, it is. And I'm going to tell you the secret. (Unless your husband does not like tomatoes. In that case, you will need to start looking for a new recipe, my dear!)
I have been trying to (and succeeding in:)) eating healthier! I have not consumed sugar for over 2 weeks! (Unless the pickled beets that I ate had sugar in them... But let's not count that. I really don't know. Let's stay positive here! ...I'm positive there is a chance I did have sugar. :P rats. Moving on!) It has been a lot easier than I thought it would be. (Really, I'm doing the Fast Metabolism Diet by Haley Pomroy.) And, I can eat a lot of food. It's great!
Okay, I started this diet the Monday before Easter - good thinking, not! But on the other hand, I didn't eat any Easter candy! That's good. On the other hand, I did save a rice crispy treat for myself. I stuck it in my freezer with some m&m's. Rice Crispy Treats are my FAVORITE! (sometimes tying with popcorn.) And the candies were just there and everyone was getting some, so I couldn't be left out! Come on, people! So, yeah. On that other hand, it was a bad idea to start before Easter, after all.
Of course, it's never a good time to start a diet. There will always be something or someone who wants to feed you whatever it is you are not eating. So, let's just get it over with! Really.
The real reason I'm writing this post is to say that this lentil sauce/stew is AMAZING. A-maz-ing. Who knew? I said to my co-worker the other day, "It is so hard to eat healthy in America! We don't even know how to eat healthy!" (Something to that effect.)
I am trying lentils. And I've been trying lentils. And trying!
I finally succeeded. And didn't take a picture. So, pretend this:
is without zuchinni and more soup-y. Does it seem like it might be good? If not, you are not trying hard enough. Or you just don't even know. Let me tell you 'bout it. (Thanks for the pic, Lemons & Basil!)
This diet is SO eye-opening. For a couple days per week I have to have a very high in protein and veggies intake. It's nuts. I have to have protein with every meal and for every snack. It is seriously hard. Because none of it can be plant protein. It's all meat. (Unless you are a vegetarian, vegan, or have religious ...what's the word?? laws you go by. Mine is the religious one.) I don't eat (or am not supposed to eat) meat often. I mean, It's fine to have meat, but 5 times a day! That's A LOT. You want to know the real wording? What this law actually says? It's called the Word of Wisdom. Just FYI, it says this about eating meat.
Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly;And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.(source: lds.org)
SO, this is why I'm opting for the "vegetarian option" so to speak. And MAN! Is it good! It's so good. I think I just ate 2 cups of the stuff. Seriously. I FOUND A YUMMY, YUMMY LENTIL RECIPE! Okay, the one I did is altered. But it is so good. And I think the original which you can find here is also really yummy b/c mostly all you do differently is add tomato paste. And measure...
MY YUMMY LENTILS
(Now, remember, everything in this recipe is approximate. I don't know how much I put in of anything except for the tomatoes.)
a lot of lentils Like 4 cups
6 cups water
2 cans of tomatoes. (diced winco brand is dandy if you don't care about or, like myself, you don't have the energy or income to go all organic non-gmo blah blah blah.)
crushed red pepper flakes (just a tiny, tiny bit.)
(Italian seasoning which has...marjoram maybe, rosemary, thyme, and the above mentioned herbs)
1. Boil your lentils in 6 cups of water and 1/4 tsp salt for about 30 minutes. This used up ALL my water, so don't let it go too long. You will need to keep an eye on this baby! (If you have canned lentils, just skip this step.)
2. add the rest of the ingredients.
3. warm it all up together and let the flavors become your new best friend.
4. scoop it up, let it cool a bit and enjoy!
Seriously. SO EASY. And Delicious.
My hubby said, "Mm. That smells good." And when I told him to try some he said he was going to have another bite! (He already had dinner) And he's happy to eat it for lunch tomorrow.
I have to go. Bye.
Peace and lentils and happiness.