Sometimes, I have no idea what to cook. I’m actually very lazy when it comes to cooking, unless I’m in one of my cooking spurts but I like things that aren’t a lot of trouble.
I knew that I had left over quinoa in the fridge and needed something easy to go along with it.
You may recall way back in the early days of BCDC I did a post lamenting old beans. Can’t find that particular post at the moment, but I’ll do a quick recap. Going through my pantry cabinet (which I’m still doing over a year later!) I had found a plastic container with navy beans. I didn’t know if there was a use by date related to dried beans so I just soaked them and plopped them in the crock pot. Well, they cooked and cooked and cooked. They never reached what I would consider a cooked consistency. However, being the renowned cheapo that I am, I used them in various things.
Well this time, we’re talking lentils. A similar plastic container (which are the same vintage as the aforementioned navy beans) were unearthed recently. I had been thinking about cooking lentils in the crock pot and figured that Sunday was as good a day as any to give them a try. Besides, I had an hour to kill before Ele and I had to go out, I figured I’d throw them together. I opened the container and they smelled fine.
I chopped a medium onion, added 2 Tbsp. of pre-chopped garlic, 1 and 1/2 cups of lentils and 3 and 3/4 cups of water. I also added some of this…
It’s a Mrs. Dash-ish seasoning I got at Aldi. It is Wonderful! It’s way less expensive than Mrs. Dash (I still love you, Mrs. D. but half the price is half the price!) and it’s a bit zippier. I should probably read the label, but I think it must have something peppery in it. Anyway, I shook it in liberally.
After…They cooked for about 6 hours all together. I started them on high, but since I had to go out and I’d never tried this before (and the old crock was pretty full!) I turned it to low for about 3 hours hoping to avoid a disaster. Probably would have been better to be on high the entire time. I’m so glad that this small crock pot has a temperature control. Some don’t. Pretty good for $5 at a thrift store! I do think the lentils may have been a little old because they were not as tender as I would have liked but, Hey anything that’s been in the cupboard as long as these I sort of consider free!
I microwaved my left over quinoa and-
Topped with some Locatelli cheese and I was happy! It was actually juicier than it looks and it was delicious! Some foods don’t photograph well and sad to say this is one, but it was delicious. I have lentils for another few days and I already know what I’m making for dinner tonight. It’ll be another quick dinner!
With a little thinking ahead and very little actual effort, I had a great dinner last night and the basis for several others. Can’t wait to see what I come up with!
Before I leave you, a couple of pretty skies from over the weekend.
This is from Thanksgiving Day.
This is Saturday morning. We’ve got to appreciate the blue skies when we have them!