Wednesday, March 18, 2009

When Times are Tough! Lentils & Rice

A couple of years ago, our family was going through really tough times. Praise God He's faithful and brings us through when we lean on Him. This was one of the recipes I used at that time. It's quite filling. I relied heavily on things such as cornbread, yeast bread, and biscuits to help fill tummies at our house. I made cornbread with this recipe. We had unexpected company one night. I served this to four adults and eight children and had just enough. This recipe would serve eight amply. Hurrah for leftovers!

Lentils and Rice for Tough Times
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
4 t canola oil
1 1/2 c dry lentils, rinsed
1 1/2 c brown rice
6 t chicken bouillon or 6 cubes
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried basil
8 c water

In a soup pot, saute the onion and garlic in the canola oil. Add the remaining ingredients and bring it to a full boil. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 to 50 minutes. The water should be mostly absorbed.

Blessings,
Laura
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21 comments:

  1. That sounds like a delicious recipe! I'll have to try it some time. I'm not sure I'd use canola oil, though, as it's not that good for you. Thank you so much for sharing!

    ~Alyssa

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  2. Hello Alyssa,
    Thank you so much for your kind comment. Please tell me, what type of oil would you use? From what I've read, canola oil was one of the better oils. I know olive oil is better; but, at the time I wrote down the recipe I couldn't afford it.

    Blessings to you!
    Laura

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  3. Hello Laura,
    You're welcome! Extra virgin coconut oil is an alternative you might use though I think butter would be better. Actually Ghee (clarified butter) is the best as it doesn't really burn. I hope these suggestions help! Sorry I didn't respond to you sooner. I haven't visited my blog lately.

    All the best,
    ~Alyssa

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  4. I stumbled upon this blog recently, and just wanted to let you know I made this recipe this evening! VERY tasty! Oh, and I added a bay leaf. It's a keeper!! Thanks for sharing! =)

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  5. I found your blog recently, and I just wanted to let you know I made this recipe this evening, and it was quite good! I did add a bay leaf. VERY TASTY!! Thanks for sharing! =)

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  6. This is so helpful and healthy! Thanks!

    Thanks for linking up with Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies!

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  7. Thanks for sharing this recipe! It sounds as though it would be very tasty, and I'm sure you can't beat the cost of making it! Do you have a photo of it?

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  8. No Richella, I didn't take a photo. I ought to do that next time I make it and update the post. Honestly, it's not a pretty dish, but it's filling and delicious.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  9. No Richella, I didn't take a photo. I ought to do that next time I make it and update the post. Honestly, it's not a pretty dish, but it's filling and delicious.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  10. Laura, I've never made Lentils and rice but it sounds hearty and yummy. You are an amazing woman that knows how to manage thing excellently! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  11. You should try it, Jann. Yummy and thrifty.

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  12. Enjoyed your post and your blog. We ate a lot of beans and fried rice when we followed Dave Ramsey's getting out of debt plan years ago. This was a great reminder of how good simple meals can be.

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  13. http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com/2013/11/old-fashioned-cocoa-from-scratch.html

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  14. What a great looking recipe to carry one through tough times. Love these kind of recipes.

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  15. Sounds like the perfect recipe, my dear. I have never made Lentils.... not sure why I haven't :)

    You bless my heart, Laura. Hugs to you!

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  16. I hope you try it Stephanie. I also hope you never HAVE to try it.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  17. Hi Scrappy,
    I like reading old books to find old recipes, too.

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. My daughter is a vegetarian and this sounds perfect for her.
    Ali xx

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  19. Oh, Ali, I do hope she likes it. We went through a period of being vegetarian by my husband's wishes. It does take creativity. Just left you a message at your blog.

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  20. I'm just visiting from Stephanie's blog tonight.
    Lentils are so good for you and I often put them in home made vegetable soup. It's amazing what a few herbs will add to a simple dish too.

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  21. Barbara,
    Have you seen the videos on YouTube for Back in Time for Dinner? They're about the way food has changed decade by decade since 1950 in Britain. I watched with my daughter. It was fascinating.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfPof73YF94

    Please drop by and say hello!
    ஐღLauraღஐ
    Harvest Lane Cottage
    ...doing what I can with what I've got where I am
    on a short shoestring budget!
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