4 cups regular brown lentils
2 onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
4 tablespoons butter (optional)
5 tablespoons red curry paste
1 tablespoon garam masala
1½ teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoon sugar
a few good shakes of cayenne pepper
2 cans tomato puree (29 ounces each)
1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
½ cup coconut milk or cream
cilantro for garnishing
rice for serving
Rinse the lentils and place them in a large crockpot. Add the diced onions, garlic, ginger, butter, curry paste, garam masala, turmeric, sugar, and cayenne. Stir to combine.
Pour just 1 can of tomato puree over the lentils. Re-fill the can with water twice and add to the crockpot. Stir to make sure that the lentils are covered with liquid. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
Check once or twice during cooking to add more water or tomato puree if the lentils are soaking up all the liquid. The amount of water or tomato puree you add depends on how soupy your want your lentils to be. For me, 1½ cans of tomato puree plus the two cans of water was perfect. Taste and season with salt. Lentils will be soft when they are done cooking.
Stir in the coconut milk and sprinkle with cilantro just before serving. Serve over rice or naan bread.
2 medium onions, sliced save
2-pound beef boneless arm roast, trimmed of fat
1 can (16 ounces) baked beans
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeno chili save
12 onion kaiser rolls, split
1 1/2 cups prepared coleslaw
Place onions in 3- to 4-quart slow cooker. Add beef. Top with baked beans and barbecue sauce.
Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 10 hours.
Remove beef from cooker; place on cutting board. Shred beef, using 2 forks. Return beef to cooker and mix well. Stir in chili. To serve, place 1/2 cup beef mixture in each roll and top with 2 tablespoons coleslaw.
1 (1-pound) package Black Beans
6 cups water
3 tablespoons butter or oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
3 ribs celery, diced
1 large onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons salt or seasoned salt to taste
3 tablespoons vinegar
Rinse and sort beans.
Put six cups of water in large pot, cover, and bring to a boil. While water is heating, start step three.
Add butter or oil to a heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add peppers, celery, and onions. Cook until onions are translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and salt, reduce the heat to medium, and cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add beans and boiling water to vegetable and seasoning mixture. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, or until beans reach desired tenderness.
Add vinegar, stir, taste for seasoning, and adjust to your liking.
2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
2 cups of chopped onions
1 cup of chopped celery
1 cup of chopped bell pepper.
1 pound smoked sausage, each link quartered length-wise then cut 1/2″ thick
10 cups water (low setting) or 6 cups water (high setting)
1 (1-pound) package Red Kidney Beans
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
Hot sauce to taste
Salt and black pepper to taste
6 cups cooked white or brown rice
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat.
Add the trinity, stir well, and cook until vegetables start to soften, about 3-5 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure that the vegetables don’t stick.
Add the smoked sausage, stir well, and continue to cook until sausage is browned and vegetables are tender, about 5-7 minutes. Continue to stir occasionally to make sure trinity and sausage aren’t sticking.
Once done, remove the skillet from heat and transfer the contents to a slow cooker.
Add the water and red beans along with garlic powder, onion powder, bay leaves, and dried thyme. Stir well and place cover on the slow cooker.
Set the slow cooker on low for 10 hours (or 4 hours on high setting). Stir occasionally.
Before serving, stir in thinly sliced green onions and the desired amounts of salt and black pepper. Serve over rice and with hot sauce.