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Penny Pinching Epicure: Curried Spinach & Lentils

Monday, November 2, 2009

Curried Spinach & Lentils

I took a trip to Costco with a friend this weekend; it really is amazing how things are so much cheaper when you buy them in bulk. I bought a 2.5 lb bag of fresh spinach for 4.99--that's 50% cheaper per ounce than usual. However, that left me needing to find something to do with 2.5 lbs of spinach :)

I wanted something filling and nutritious so I paired the spinach with lentils and a sweet potato I had lying around. A little curry to spice things up, freshly grated ginger to brighten the whole dish, and voila! A pot of fragrant scrumptiousness.

Note: I use red lentils here, which require less liquid than green or brown lentils, so you may need to add more liquid if you see it has been absorbed but the lentils are not yet tender.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 large onions, chopped
1 large sweet potato, sliced thinly
1 lb spinach, cleaned
2 cups lentils, picked over and rinsed
2-1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp curry powder (less if you don't like it too spicy)
2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger (or 1 Tbsp dried)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil and saute onions over low heat until soft and browned, 10 minutes. Add sweet potato and cook 5 minutes.
  2. Add spinach to fill saucepan; stir occasionally until wilted. Add spinach and repeat until it has all been added to the pan.
  3. Add lentils, water and spices. Bring to a boil then turn down and simmer until lentils and sweet potatoes are tender.
Fun additions:
  • 1 tsp allspice and a can of chickpeas.
  • Cubed tofu, baked in the oven until crispy.
  • 1 can diced tomatoes.
The cost:
onions: .55
sweet potato: .35
spinach: 1.99
lentils: 1.32
ginger: .45

Grand total: $4.66; serves 6-8

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Esther B said...

Made this today - it was great! I halved the recipe, so I only used one cup of lentils, and I found that I needed 2 cups of water for the lentils to cook fully instead of just 1 1/4 cups. But thanks - it's a wonderful dish!

April 11, 2010 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger RellaBellaK said...

Thanks for the comment! I think I used red lentils with this dish, which requires less water than regular--I'll make a not of that, and glad you liked it!

April 11, 2010 at 8:15 PM  

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