Karen Carpenters’ song, Rainy Days and Mondays, could totally apply to my day today. It is cold, cloudy and looks like it might rain AND it is Monday! Days like today are rare in Southern California, but they might be normal for you (wherever you live), but I encourage you to take time on days like this and cook a BIG pot of soup, chili or some other scrumptious dinner.
Last weekend I was able to cook a large pot of Butternut Squash Chili! So great, however I failed to take any pictures…that has been hard for me to do lately. If you have ready any of my blogs, you are probably used to me admitting to my faults and failures.
So, instead of chili, I wanted to give you a recipe that I can write to you AND show you a picture:
1 Onion- Diced
4 Garlic cloves- minced
2 Serrano Peppers
1 Large Butternut Squash- Cubed and Deseeded
2 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
1 Cup Red Lentils- Washed and Drained
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Cup Water
1 C. Vegetable Stock
1 Tbsp. Curry Powder
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 Tbsp. Cinnamon (optional)
2 tsp. Sea Salt
1 tsp. Ground Pepper
Sautee chopped onions in the olive oil (3-4 min) until translucent on Medium High Heat. Add garlic and spices. Add the peppers about 1 min. afterwards. Simmer for 1 minute. Add the Butternut Squash to the mixture and stir. Pour in 1/2 of the water. Once the squash is slightly softened (5-8 min.) add the lentils, stock and remainder of water.
Let simmer for about 15 min.
Enjoy plain or with rice.
Don’t let rainy days and Mondays get you down but find something positive and GREAT about your day! Let me know if you like this recipe!