Last year, I came across this wonderful recipe in the March/April 2010 edition of Best Health Magazine, and I have been making it ever since. At just .53 cents , it can’t be beat!
Lentil, Quinoa & Vegetable Stew
1 cup water free
1 ½ cups dried green lentils .06
¼ cup quinoa, uncooked .56
1 796-ml can diced tomatoes 1.08
1 cup diced carrots .23
1 cup celery, diced .53
½ medium onion, diced .17
3-5 cloves fresh garlic, minced (I use 5) .25
2 tsp dried thyme .09
2 tsp black pepper (I use 1 ½) .04
4 cups chicken broth (I use water and bullion) .68
Total Cost $ 4.23
Total Cost per serving .53
Preparation: Rinse the lentils in a strainer. Rinse the quinoa. The quinoa will need a fine sieve. Tip If you don’t have a fine sieve a use a splatter cover that you put over frying pans to help contain grease or oil. I found mine at the dollar store. It is a bit messier than using the sieve so if you really like quinoa I would recommend buying a sieve. Continue with one of the following methods.
Method One: Throw all your prepared ingredients into a four quart or larger slow cooker, place the cover on it, then cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours. That’s it. Easy peesy!
Method Two: Saute the onions in a small amount of oil until soft in a large pot then add your remaining ingredients. Turn up the heat until it is boiling then reduce to a simmer, cover with the lid and allow to simmer for about half an hour. That’s it!
This recipe makes 8 1 ½ cup servings and I find it very satisfying and delicious. For lunch I will often serve it with a slice of home-made bread or a corn meal muffin (recipe to follow soon). For dinner if you want something more substantial to eat, consider adding a salad or some fruit.
Tip: This recipe stores very well in the freezer.
Tip: If you don’t have a fine sieve a use a splatter cover that you put over frying pans to help contain grease or oil. I found mine at the dollar store. It is a bit messier than using the sieve so if you really like quinoa I would recommend buying a sieve.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and please come back soon to see how you can save money by eating centsibly.