eat your lentils
no one likes to be old what to do (at least not usually). but if you’ve never tried lentils, i’m telling you: try lentils. i had eaten a few lentil soups and even a couple cold lentil salads and both were about average. but the black lentils from our recent grain CSA? fantastic. cooked with a mexican flare they tasted like black beans, but better. and after making the creamy cilantro dressing this weekend i wanted to try concocting a lentil/cilantro sort of dish. trust me, not all of my cooking ideas are a success. but i would say that tonight was a healthy and tasty success.
after making the creamy cilantro sauce, randy and i mentioned how it would probably taste good with chicken. we don’t buy much meat and try to eat what we hunt, but we came across some organic and free range chicken that was on super sale due to the expiration date. cook it right away and there was no problem. i don’t love dealing with raw meat so i cut up the onions and garlic and had randy do the stuff job. i sorted lentils.
roasted it in the dutch oven – so easy. buying whole chickens is way cheaper than buying boneless skinless chicken breasts, but it also requires more work. we rarely do it (because of the price, not the work). the bones will go in the freezer (where we have a stash going) to some day become chicken stock.
great grocery discovery: 5lb logs of tillamook cheese at costco for $14.99. we typically only buy cheese when it’s on sale but this 5lb log is equivalent to most sale prices that we find (of tillamook cheese). couldn’t pass up a picture with the biggest block of cheese i’ve ever bought.
tonight’s dinner: black lentils with diced tomatoes, onion, green pepper, chicken, cheese, creamy cilantro sauce, fresh cilantro and green onions. i ate mine as is, randy turned his in to 4 fajitas. lekker!
we’ve been trying to do a better job of cooking things on the weekend that we can eat throughout the week. roasting the chicken and cooking the lentils yesterday made for a fast yet legitimate dinner after getting home from work tonight. i may take a stab at lentil soup tomorrow night; i hope it’s better than average.