Friday, November 7, 2008

$0.61 per serving ~ Sweet and Spicy Lentil Stew with Cornbread

This recipe looked too good not to try!

Sweet and Spicy Lentil Stew ~ $0.41 per serving
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped ($0.35)
1 small bell pepper, chopped (free, leftovers from the party!)
2 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. chili powder, or more to taste
1 1/2 cups dried lentils ($1.15)
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes ($1.00)
1/3 cup dark unsulphured molasses ($0.50)
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tbsp. ground ginger
Salt and pepper
Cayenne pepper if desired
2 cups water
1 cup apple juice ($0.25)

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic, saute until softened. Stir in chili powder and cook another minute.
2. Transfer the mixture to a large slow cooker. Add lentils, tomatoes, molasses, and allspice. Season with salt and pepper, and cayenne if desired. Stir in water and apple juice. Cverand cook on low for 8 hours. Add more water is stew is too thick.
Makes 8 servings.

The Verdict
I served this with cornbread... we love cornbread here! (The mix I use costs about $0.90 fully prepared and makes 9 servings.) It was good, but I left out the cayenne because I was afraid it would be too spicy. That was a mistake! It was all sweet! I will definitely add cayenne or hot sauce to the leftovers when I eat them. This is nice for a change of pace but won't be a new "staple" meal for us.

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