What to have for dinner.

18 Oct

Is it just me or is it really tricky trying to meet everyone’s needs and expectations while trying all the while to be eco-friendly, politically correct, gainfully employed, fit, happy and sober all at the same time???

It’s on the days when life overwhelms that dinner needs to be quick, delicious and easy.  I admit to being a lazy cook, we have to eat, but I just want to go to bed, even if it is just 5 o’clock.  I have a repertoire of satisfying and healthy options, like Vegetarian Curry in a Hurry.  It’s a stupid name, but it’s fast and it’s good, and even better the next day.

This dish make me feel better about things; it maybe be chaos around me, but I can still feed the people I care about.

Vegetarian Curry in a Hurry

1 tbsp. butter and 1 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped fine

2 minced gloves of garlic

2 tsp. curry powder (I use Lalleys)

1 carrot, peeled and diced fine

1 celery stalk, diced fine

1/2 cup water

1 large can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes with their juice

1 large can (19 oz.)  lentils, drained

salt and pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine butter and oil, when melted, add onion, carrots, and celery.  Saute, stirring for about 3 or 4 minutes.  Add minced garlic and curry powder, saute for an additional 3 or 4 minutes.  Add water and simmer uncovered until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes and lentils, salt and pepper to taste and cook for about 10 minutes or until heated through.  Serve with rice, couscous or on its own.

This obviously isn't a picture of the lentil curry, but it is a picture that Randy took of himself in the side view mirror of my car. I really like this picture.

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