Rainy Days NEVER Bring Me Down

Karen Carpenters’ song, Rainy Days and Mondays, could totally apply to my day today. It is cold, cloudy, looks like it might rain, AND it is a Monday! Days like today are rare in Southern California, even if they might be normal for you (wherever you live), so 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 cooked a big pot of Butternut Squash Chili! It was so great, but unfortunately I forgot to take any pictures…that’s been hard for me to do lately, and I want to be as honest as I can about my process and where I’m at as I try to grow this business.

So, instead of chili, I wanted to give you a recipe that I COULD show you a picture for. 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!

Butternut + Lentil Curry
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves,minced
  • 2 serrano peppers
  • 1 large butternut squash,cubed and de-seeded
  • 2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup red lentils,washed and drained
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  1. Saute chopped onions in the olive oil for 3-4 min until translucent on Medium High Heat.
  2. Add garlic and spices, cook for 1 minute
  3. Add peppers and simmer for 1 minute.
  4. Add the butternut squash to the mixture and stir.
  5. Pour in half the water.
  6. Once the squash is slightly softened (after 5-8 minutes), add the lentils, stock and remainder of the water.
  7. Let simmer for about 15 minutes.
  8. Enjoy plain or over rice.


About the Author:

A native Texan who, after being diagnosed with food allergies and Celiac Disease in her mid-twenties, wanted to help others who drastically had to change their diets later in life. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, where she operates Mary Lee Kitchen.

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