Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Everything-But-The-Kitchen-Sink Pilaf

I love to cook. But I'm one of those "follows a recipe every time" cooks. There are a very few recipes that I have either tossed together on my own or improvised a lot on. I am definitely a rule (and recipe) follower.

But necessity is the mother of invention, they say. I need to go grocery shopping. Badly. I look through the cupboards. Rice. Okay, that'll work. What goes well with rice? Beans. Hmm....it's now 6:30 p.m. Not nearly enough time for beans. Lentils! Those are quick. But Steve hates lentils. What to do? I pull out the lentils anyway.

So I throw in a little of this and a little of that. Twenty minutes later, I served supper. I served Steve's. He says, "Hey. What is this?" "Do you not like it?" I ask. "No. I love it! This is delicious! What is it?" I do not work well under pressure. So I blurted out, "Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink pilaf!" It worked for him. "I love it! You must make this again." So I am sharing it here so I will be able to make it again! I loved it. Steve loved it. Both girls loved it. We had no left-overs. It is vegan, so I can serve it to my daddy! It's definitely a winner.

Everything-But-The-Kitchen-Sink Pilaf

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic

1 red bell pepper, chopped

a handful of baby carrots, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

1 cup long-grain rice

1/2 cup brown lentils

2 cups water

a handful of frozen peas

Saute' vegetables in olive oil in a skillet (that has a tight-fitting lid) for about 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir around for a few minutes. Add lentils, water, and peas. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and cook, covered, for 20 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice and lentils are tender. Season as desired. I used salt, pepper, Tony Chachere's seasoning, and some Pampered Chef rosemary herb seasoning.

That's it! Simple! And my lentil-hating husband asked for it for the next day! (He was disappointed. My family left none for the next day.)


Cynthia said...

YUM! We're also in serious need of groceries since dd1 moved out! She used to do all of our shopping....

Emily said...

Don't you just love it when you can throw together a dish and then everyone loves it too!

ThriceBlessed said...

Yummy! Sounds great, and I love lentils!