Quick and Easy Lentils and Beans!
Lentils and beans may not sound exciting but this is a really tasty dish that packs a punch! And if you double the recipe like I do it makes a great staple to keep in the freezer for those days when you need a good meal but just don’t feel like cooking. I recommend serving it with a nice green salad and crusty bread but it’s also great as a meal in itself.
Adapted from Anne Lindsay’s Speedy Lentil and Bean Casserole recipe in Lighthearted Everyday Cooking. I have added several ingredients including red and yellow bell peppers which are added near the end so they add a nice crispy texture and a splash of fresh flavor and color.
Did I mention that our kittens are growing like crazy! They are as sweet as ever, and have more than doubled in size from when we got them. I’ve posted some recent pictures in case you’re interested.
Makes approx 4-5 servings.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large diced onion
2 stalks of celery sliced
1 cup shredded carrot
2 cups cooked white kidney beans
2 cups cooked lentils*
2 cups diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
1/2 diced red bell pepper
1/2 diced yellow bell pepper
1 tsp dried thyme
Pepper to taste
Shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese to taste (optional)
* To make 2 cups of cooked lentils you will need approx.1 cup of dry lentils. Some grocery stores also carry canned lentils although I have yet to find them in a U.S. store. If you’re using dry be sure to rinse them first. I used green lentils.