Smokey Red Lentil

9 Mar 2017

I think it is expected that when you get married your lives become so entangled that in most areas you are one/a team/united front. There might be some lingering, unspoken this is "mine", that's "yours" on personal items, but really it's all "ours" for the most part. I don't really think about this until certain incidents occur like let's say a Darth Vader baby window blind suddenly appears in "MY" car.

I didn't even care because my hubs nerd love of all things Star Wars goes deep and perhaps he was trying to brainwash the baby early...that is I didn't care up until the point that some strange dude drives up beside me and starts excitedly pointing at Darth Vader and giving me a thumbs up.

No, no, just no...I am a female in IT I really do not need more nerd fists of solidarity in my life. Also, I hate to disappoint this person, but I am not a Star Wars "person" or a hardcore fan of really anything, except maybe sleep...exotic travel...cake? So needless to say, Darth is history...that is as soon as I get another baby window blind (fist shakes the sky).

Anyhoo, below is a SUPER easy lentil stew of sorts, it will save you time if you perhaps need some extra to go buy a d*mn baby window blind. I have both sous vide and traditional instructions below. I serve it over cheesy polenta or toast and also it freezes really well.

Smokey Red Lentil

Recipe for easy smokey red lentils.

Smokey Red Lentil

Prep time: - Cook time: - Total time:
Yield: 4S


- 1 onion (finely chopped)
- 2 cloves pressed garlic
- 2 T tomato paste
- 3/4 cup red lentils
- 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes
- 1 cup ice cubes (if preparing via sous vide)
- 1 cup vegetable stock (if preparing traditionally)
- dash salt & pepper
- 1 T smokey paprika
- optional: Serve over cheesy toast, rice or polenta


Prepare via Sous Vide:
Set sous vide device to 185F.

Place all ingredients in vacuum bag and seal.

Let cook for about 2 hours once temperature is back to 185F (goes down once you insert the bags).

*Life Hack: Can add two other similar bagged meals to water bath and cook three at once!

Prepare with Traditional Cooking:
Cook lentils according to package instructions.

Saute onion and garlic with 1 - 2 T olive oil.

Add in tomato paste, tomatoes, cooked lentils, stock and spices and heat over medium heat until begins to thicken.

Serve with cheesy toasts, rice or cheesy polenta.

Enjoy! Enjoy!



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