Good morning - and happy Friday! Got any plans yet? I'll be working today and tomorrow, but then I am off on Sunday, yarr!
Here's a lovely little dinner tip for you! I made this out of ingredients I already had at hand after I got back from Norway. You can substitute the lentils for a tin of black- or kidney beans if you want, I just used what I had handy, simples!
Most of the ingredients are spices - of which most you might already have at hand, if not - just use the closest thing you've got or omit *smiles*
Easy Bean & Lentil Casserole
(Serves 2 - 3)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 fat garlic clove, finely chopped
400g tin white beans (I used cannellini)
50-70g dry red lentils (or one tin of black- or kidney beans)
400ml tin chopped tomatoes
200ml water (if using lentils)
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tsp honey (optional, can replace with 1 tbsp brown sugar)
1/2 glass red wine
2-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
A few drops liquid smoke (optional)
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or 1/2 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped)
1/2 tsp oregano
1/3 tsp cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
- Simply start by heating the oil in a medium casserole, add the garlic and onion and soften for about five minutes.
- Now, add all the remaining ingredients and turn it down to simmer for 30-40 minutes, stir occasionally and season to taste. If the mix gets a little dry, just add a splash of water and cover with a lid and cook until the lentils have softened.
- Serve with good crusty bread for mopping! You can also use this as beanmix for tortillas or tacos, maybe even as a dip with tortilla chips? Yum!
And as for breakfast today, I noticed I had this "cake in a cup" mix sitting that I bought in Norway. And what do you when you have bought such a "healthier" mix in Norway only to realise that Hey! You don't have a microwave!
....You get a non-stick frying pan out, pour the mixture into it, cook it covered with a lid on low heat for about 3-5 minutes. Cakey on the outside and gooey in the middle, mmmm! I did say it was Friday!
Recipe by yours truly,