For the fourth Monday in a row, I bring you yet another featured recipe. You can thank The Boyfriend who has shown interest, excitement, and appreciation for me making vegetarian foods for him. I appreciate his willingness to give it a shot.
The other day I came home from class and decided I was going to make something that had been sitting around in my pantry a long time: Tempting Lentils with Spinach. This was an impulse buy at the grocery store a long time ago (maybe two months? maybe longer). It had just sat around, and I decided it was time to get down to the business of cooking it.
Now, while this came from a box the ingredients are all things you have heard of. Basically lentils, spinach, and a bunch of spices. I tend to like to have stuff like this around for days when I need something quick or don’t feel much like cooking. I asked The Boyfriend if he wanted any, and he said no. He was not interested.
That was fine by me because it looked like I would have enough left over for lunch the next day. Bonus!
I started off by making some Basmati rice. Note that rice does not come with this. You’ll have to supply your own. I did cook the rice with actual butter making this dish vegetarian. You don’t have to do that. You could omit the butter or use Earth Balance (which The Boyfriend is a big fan of).
Once the rice had finished I started with what was in the packet. You just dump the contents into a pan and let it cook until it gets hot. Takes about 3-5 minutes. This gives you time to add more butter to the warm rice and let it melt in.
Then all you have left to do is put some rice in a bowl and put your lentils on top. So, how was it? I thought it was fine. I did find it to be a bit bland and would have liked it spicier. I suppose I could always make those adjustments myself.
The Boyfriend (who said he wasn’t going to be eating this) changed his mind once I had served myself and he took a look at it. He loved it and didn’t think it was bland at all. He ate his right up and then happily finished what was left of mine.
Would I make this again? Yes. First, The Boyfriend really enjoyed it. Second, while I found it to be bland it wasn’t that bad. It was quick to make and served its purpose.