It's September and I am thrilled for so many reasons. First and foremost it means we are not too far away from tucking into warming dishes. Now that is something to raise your glass to today! This lentil dish dabbles on the side of comforting. Not only is it nutritions and budget friendly, it is tasty and on the table in just 15 minutes. Yes, I did say 15 minutes! You can't really argue with that time scale for dinner.
Just the other day I was chatting to a friend about the mundaneness of cooking dinner. While I do write a food blog and I dearly love cooking and coming up with new recipes, quite often I have no clue what to cook for dinner. That probably happens more often than it doesn't happen lately.
Summer has this very unique way of exhausting every ounce of energy I have for cooking. It's takes away the craving for roast chicken and replaces it with a longing for a cold beer and warm sand. Yes, summer has a way of making that happen.
There is no longer a yearning to be surrounded by and comforted in my kitchen. Instead I feel like running a million miles away and never looking at a saucepan or a spatula again. Yes, this is the effect of summer.
However, every now and again I still manage a burst of creativity that I like to call cooking.
This time around that creativity came in the the form of this lentil dish. Not new at all but something I thought about time to share on the blog.
This is a dish that I have been cooking for a whole bunch of years now. The recipe was given to me by a friend after I had the pleasure of having it at her house for dinner. Her version had the addition of shrimp, but they don't feature in this recipe. However, the shrimp version is equally yummy.
One of the wonderful things about this dish is that is really is so quick. I used cooked lentils so it took that step away. Also a big time saver. If you are planning to cook your own lentils, you will have to allow for that in the cooking time. Do you know that you can cook lentils in advance and freeze them? Well, I have done it many times and it works a treat. Or you can just buy a jar. Easy.
Admittedly this is not a kids' favourite around my house. So they opted for a frozen pizza. That's the kind of mom I tend to be at times. At times, meaning pretty much always.
For us adults of the house, it is as dish we love and have it about once a month. I love serving it topped with Greek yoghurt and flat bread on the side. Not essential but I think makes the dinner that much more enjoyable.
Now, time to get on with thinking about warming dishes for September and getting back into the kitchen.
Spiced Lentils and Spinach
Serves 4 / Prep time: 5 minutes / Cook time: 15 minutes
5 Cups/375 grams lentils, cooked
2 Cups/150 grams of fresh spinach
1 Red onion, finely chopped
1 Spring onion, finely chopped
1/4 Cup/60 ml of balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons of ground coriander
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
1/4 Teaspoon chilli flakes
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 Cup/60 ml olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
Heat a tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet and add the red onion, spring onion and garlic. Cook on high heat for about 5 minutes until soft and lightly browned.
Reduce heat to medium and add lentils, balsamic vinegar, remaining oil, and all the spices. Cook for a further few minutes allowing the spices to infuse with the lentils. Add the fresh spinach, reserving a small amount for dressing the plates. Stir well until all the spinach has wilted. Finally, throw in the fresh chopped cilantro. Serve topped with Greek yoghurt and flat bread.
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