I know that sometime some of the foods that I eat might seem a little strange to people. But think about it. Isn't there something that you eat that other people think is kinda weird or that you know might be a little on the strange side and yet you love it.
So apple lentils. I know some people think it's weird, but trust me, it's not, it's actually pretty freaking magical. Lentils, especially red lentils, have a mild, nutty flavor that make them perfect to use in any type of dish, sweet or savory. And so nutritional value, with protein up the wazoo, these little guys are mega fantastic and yeah. SO don't knock it till you try it.
Now first off, YAY for apple season!!! Aren't we just so happy for fresh delicious apples? I am, so much so that I have made up a super cool apple jig where my head bobs up and down and my legs shift and convulse all over the place. ( could be mistaken for a seizure) It's a sight to see for sure. And a second YAY for warm food again. The past week or two I have been waking up to temps in the 50's giving the world just enough chill for a cozy morning sweater, a throw blanket and a nice hot bowl of breakfast porridge. (It also taste fantastic made ahead then eaten cold if the world decides to get warm again) My morning have been great, all cuddled on the couch with a book. my coffee, ad a bowl of apple lentil porridge. Best way to start the day.
The stuff. An apple, some red lentils, water, and some cinnamon. You can also add some maple or brown sugar to the mix if you want more sweetness.
Firstly, water ans lentils go into a pot and placed on the stove until the the water is boiling.
While that is happening, chop up you apple. Big pieces, little pieces, or both. I like both because the smaller pieces kinda of dissolve in the lentils and the bigger chunks will keep shape.
So once your lentils have started to boil, dump inmost (save a little bit to toss on after the lentils are cooked) of the chopped up apple and a good pinch or two of cinnamon. Mix it all around and place back on heat on low so simmer and cook.
Soft and all cooked to perfection. Gorgeous.
Dump the porridge into a bowl, add on the left over chunks of apples and give it another good sprinkle of cinnamon.
Breakfast of champions right here.
And because it's what I eat every day...I am a champion.
You can be one too! (just eat some lentils)
Apple Cinnamon Red Lentil Porridge
Makes one serving but can easily be double
- 1/2 cup dried red lentils
- 1 cup water
- an apple ( mac, honey crisp, paula red are good varieties)
- 1 teaspoon or so of cinnamon
Optional... Add a little sweetener like maple or brown sugar if you want
Stick water and lentils go into a pot and bring to a boil. Chop apple into pieces, some big, some small or all the same size. Once the lentils are boiling, dump in most of the chopped apple (save about 1/4 of it for later) into the pot and sprinkle with cinnamon. Stir around, reduce heat to a low and cook until the lentils are soft (about 10 minutes) Once they are cooked, taste and decide if you need sweetener. If you do, add a teaspoon or two of whatever in now and mix around then,transfer the lentil goodness into a bowl, toss on remaining apple chunks, sprinkle with cinnamon, and go to town.
Spoon to mouth. Happiness.