Delicious Baked Lentils Recipe

Woohoo! So glad I announced already that I'm pregnant, because now when I have a two day period like I just had, I can actually explain myself instead of keeping mum.
Yesterday I went into the city on a trip with the kids. Throughout the day, we must have walked over 2.5 miles in the scorching sun, stopping along the way to forage at some beautiful parks, and to chase pigeons. (Ok, Lee and Ike did that. I abstained.) I got a drop sunburned on my lower arms (first time getting any sunburn in a good 3 or 4 years), and that, combined with all that walking (pushing a stroller with a toddler in it that distance is not easy on any day, let alone a really hot day) tired me out so much that I just came home from our trip and collapsed into bed. (Did I mention that on Monday I also was in town and walked a good 2 miles as well, in the heat, pushing the stroller? No wonder I'm exhausted!!)
Today I was still wiped out, and on top of that, feeling quite nauseated the whole day. I got a lot of housework done, but my post on the affect pregnancy has on frugality just didn't get written.
So I leave you with something else to chew on today (haha, pun intended)- the great recipe I found and adapted and served my family for supper today. Its easy, it's delicious, it's frugal, it's healthy, it's gluten free. Its absolutely a winner!

Delicious Baked Lentils Recipe

This is based on the recipe I found here
2 cups lentils, any type. (I used 1 cup green lentils, 1/2 cup red lentils and 1/2 cup black lentils)
5 large carrots, grated
2 medium onions, chopped
4 tablespoons sweetener (you can use honey, maple syrup, sucanat/rapadura, or sugar. I used half maple syrup, half sugar)
4 tablespoons soy sauce (I used gluten free)
4 cups water
2 teaspoons dried ginger
2 teaspoons dried garlic
4 tablespoons olive oil

1. Mix all ingredients in a baking dish. Cover.

2. Place in preheated oven on 350 degrees.

3. Cook for 1-2 hours, or until most of the liquid is absorbed and the lentils are thoroughly soft.

4. Serve and enjoy!

Note: I served this dish together with white rice for some people, and mixed together with shelled sunflower seeds for others. Sunflower seeds make this dish filling without needing to rely on grains, because their fat content increases the satiation factor of this meal. Additionally, nuts and seeds complete the protein of this legume dish the same way a grain like rice would. This dish contains carbs, veggies, and protein, making it a complete one pot meal.

Enjoy! Trust me, it's absolutely delicious! (Hence the delicious in the title of the recipe.)

What is your favorite way to make lentils? Do you think you might try this recipe out?
How has your day been?

Penniless Parenting

Mommy, wife, writer, baker, chef, crafter, sewer, teacher, babysitter, cleaning lady, penny pincher, frugal gal


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  1. I will most definitely be trying this recipe. only I will omit the sweetener

  2. I just made this, and it was very tasty. I especially loved the "mix it up in the bowl, put it in the oven, and leave it till it's done" simplicity of it. We used it in the rice balls recipe, since I am looking for lunches we can make to take with us that are NOT sandwiches, and that don't need to be heated. The kids actually got filled up on them. Usually it seems like I just can't take enough in a lunch to keep everyone satisfied for lunch. Thank you!

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