Like a main dish? I am making watermelon jam right now and all you need is sugar, pectin, and watermelon. Pretty cheap. I can post the link for the recipe I am using if you are interested.
I recommend this to everyone.
All it includes is red lentils, vermicelli (or angel hair, or if you want you can break up spaghetti in small pieces) and onions.
Seasonings = lemon juice (after it's cooked), curry, salt and a bouillon cube.
You just boil the lentils until they are kind of broken down and soft, remove them from the pan, saute some finely chopped onion, then add back in the lentils with about a cup of water, the curry (about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon) and salt and bouillon.
Cook on medium-high.
When it starts to boil, add the pasta and when the pasta is cooked it's done. Serve it hot in a bowl with a lemon wedge on the side to be squeezed into it and optionally garnish with a parsley leaf or something if you want to get fancy lol.
I did mean main dishes. Sorry!
Quoting Bob Loblaw _tko_:" I recommend this to everyone. All it includes is red lentils, vermicelli (or angel hair, or if you ... [snip!] ... wedge on the side to be squeezed into it and optionally garnish with a parsley leaf or something if you want to get fancy lol."
Lentils would be in the bean aisle? I have never had them before, but the recipe sounds good and I would like to try them.
Quoting Overcome Infertility:" Lentils would be in the bean aisle? I have never had them before, but the recipe sounds good and I would like to try them. "
Yeah they'd be with the beans. They are red lentils but look orange, after you cook them the soup is yellow.
Wash them 3 times before you cook them. Cuz they are very starchy. I always serve it with rice and bread.
Also, as you boil it, make sure you keep a close eye on it because they absorb water fast and you will have to add water as needed so they don't burn. Burnt lentils are no bueno.
It's a very filling and hearty cheap meal with plenty of nutrients. The whole bag of lentils is like $2, a lemon is around $0.50, and a package of vermicelli is around $2 too. Then the 1/2 onion you use.. The most expensive thing is curry if you don't already have some.
Quoting Bob Loblaw _tko_:" Yeah they'd be with the beans. They are red lentils but look orange, after you cook them the soup is ... [snip!] ... of vermicelli is around $2 too. Then the 1/2 onion you use.. The most expensive thing is curry if you don't already have some. "
Nutritional benefits of lentils:
With about 30% of their calories from protein, lentils have the third-highest level of protein, by weight, of any legume or nut, after soybeans and hemp. Proteins include the essential amino acids isoleucine and lysine, and lentils are an essential source of inexpensive protein in many parts of the world, especially in West Asia and the Indian subcontinent, which have large vegetarian populations. Lentils are deficient in two essential amino acids, methionine and cysteine. However, sprouted lentils contain sufficient levels of all essential amino acids, including methionine and cysteine.
Lentils also contain dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B1, and minerals. Red (or pink) lentils contain a lower concentration of fiber than green lentils (11% rather than 31%). Health magazine has selected lentils as one of the five healthiest foods. Lentils are often mixed with grains, such as rice or small pasta, which results in a complete protein dish.
Lentils also have some anti-nutritional factors, such as trypsin inhibitors and relatively high phytate content. Trypsin is an enzyme involved in digestion, and phytates reduce the bio-availability of dietary minerals. The phytates can be reduced by soaking the lentils in warm water overnight. Lentils are a good source of iron, having over half of a person's daily iron allowance in a 100g serving.