Three Dog Nite

Jan 2011

Its 6 degrees up our way and tonight definitely calls for something to warm the heart and stick to the ribs. What some might call a ‘three dog night’!

Lentils and split peas by photobunny

Spicy Lentil Stew is just what the doctor ordered. When I started this post I was under the assumption that lentils are not a “complete” protein. I have easily resolved this by serving it over rice.In theory, I thought combining legumes with grains or nuts/seeds, will provide all the amino acids necessary to make a complete protein. Familar combos are listed below:
red beans+rice,     chickpeas+cous-cous,   toast+peanut butter,
falafel+Pita bread,  beans+corn chips,   hummus+pita bread,
baked beans on toast-that weird English breakfast staple
tabouli+mixed bean salad,  lentils + rice
After doing some research however, I would like to add the following quotes:
“You may have heard that vegetable sources of protein are incomplete and become complete only when correctly combined. Research has discredited that notion so you don’t have to worry that you won’t get enough usable protein if you don’t put together some magical combination of foods at each meal.” – Andrew Weil, M.D.
“Complementing proteins is not necessary with vegetable proteins. The myth that vegetable source proteins need to be complemented is similar to the myths that persist about sugar making one’s blood glucose go up faster than starch does. These myths have great staying power despite their being no evidence to support them and plenty to refute them.” – – Dennis Gordon, M.Ed, R.D.
So it appears that this is a debunked myth; as long as your diet is balanced, you really don’t have to worry about the combos.  I have some lovely baby fingerling potatoes which I will substitute for the rice and combo be damned…
1 cup french lentils
small onion
handful small fingerling potatoes, 3 carrots
spinach with garlic and olive oil
lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste
1 t. curry powder
chopped parsley

1) Cook lentils in 4cups water for 45 minutes.
2) Saute onion in olive oil until clear approx. 8 minutes
3) Add curry powder, salt, pepper & 1t. garlic
4) Add chopped potatoes and carrots, saute until cooked.
5) Add 2 large handfuls of spinach, let wilt.
6) Add in drained lentils, stir. Sprinkle with lemon juice, parsley salt &  pepper to taste. Enjoy!

This recipe is very loose and can be adjusted for what you have on hand.

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