Curried Lentil Rice Loaf is a delicious way to enjoy clean, healthy eating. It’s delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Try it with a salad for dinner.
Before I met my husband and was introduced to lentils, I don’t think I had ever cooked with them before. Lentils seemed very exotic to me. The very first Parsi dish I made, needed 3 different kinds of lentils and so it began. I probably have at least 6 different kinds of lentils in my pantry at all times. It might be more. So when I saw a recipe for lentils in a loaf form, I was all over it. I was intrigued. When I see a food combination or a different preparation that intrigues me, I am inspired to rush into the kitchen to make it. That’s what I did when I saw a this recipe in a Martha Stewart magazine. I wasn’t really sure what I would label it. Is it a bread I would make a sandwich out of? Is it a side dish? Is it a breakfast food? Think of it like a banana bread. I love a slice with a delicious salad. I would love this for Mother’s Day or serve it with a high tea.
My pantry is ridiculously loaded with food. I have a huge amount of dried fruit, a large amount of pasta, dried chiles and lentils. I also have about 7 different types of flour, 8 different oils, 10 different vinegar and a menagerie of Asian condiments. Oh and my spices, I have too many to count. Yes, I have a food fetish. When I get on a kick with a certain ingredient, like dried chiles, I like to try all different ones. Then I get inspired by something else and buy different types of that. I really need to get better about eating what we have in the house. My husband is that way about hot sauces and barbecue sauces. What a pair we are!
I keep forgetting about the other ingredient in this recipe, rice. Yup, I have about 4 different types of rice in the pantry, arborio, basmati, jasmine and black. If I look really hard, I might even find some wild rice. No wonder I feel like I need a larger pantry. I want one like Ina Garten’s, the Barefoot Contessa. Have you ever seen her pantry? Every once in a while they will show it on her TV show. It is the size of a walk-in closet. I am so jealous. She has everything nicely organized and lined up. I want it. It’s on my some day list. My husband laughed at me but when we were looking for a house, I would count the cabinets in the kitchen. If it didn’t have at least 20 cabinets (counting each door), I said it was too small. In addition to pantry overload, we have appliance overload too.
Why can’t I have a fetish for exercise or vegetables? I love vegetables but we certainly aren’t overloaded with them. As for exercise, I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. I would much rather cook which explains why my health and weight are a work in progress. I am truly trying to live Food Done Light’s motto “Healthy living one bite at a time”. Hope you will join me for the journey of healthy eating and living.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
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