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Lentils’ for Lovers

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Valentine’s day is more or less a Hallmark Holiday. I hope that everyone remembers their loved ones, and reminds them daily how much they mean to them, not just on Valentine’s day. Nonetheless, it serves as a reminder to appreciate your loved ones. But, what exactly do you do for that special someone? Do you go out to dinner, do you stay in?

It seems as if the most popular choice on this day is to go out to eat. If you want to go out to eat, reservations are a must. They fill up fast, so booking early is necessary. Going out to eat is a nice treat. I think it allows for less interruptions, fewer distractions, and more one-on-one time with your significant other. There is no kitchen preparation, which means there is no clean-up. There are no pets begging for some of your scraps, and winning you over with their adorable face. And when you are out of water? Well you don’t even have to fill it, because your waiter/waitress does that for you (or at least we hope so)!

So with all of those perks, how could you choose to stay at home? Well, staying at home has its perks too. First of all, being in the comfort of your own home really doesn’t beat anything else. PJ party? Heck yeah! When you ARE out of your water, you don’t have to wait for your waiter/waitress to bring it to you. Unless they are very prompt you most likely have to wait for certain things that you may wish for in a faster timeline. You can cook the food to your liking, and go back for seconds.

It’s certainly a tough choice, because they do truly both have pros and cons. So if you are deciding between the two choices, I will at least provide you with a delicious, unique meal that is sure to please you and your Valentine. It is healthy, wholesome, and nutritious. It’s not your run of the mill weekday meal, so you won’t be bored with the choice either.

 

Lentil Pilaf with carrots, celery and onions

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 package 90 second microwave rice (I chose brown and wild rice by Uncle Ben’s)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients except rice package in a medium quart saucepan. Heat over medium heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until lentils are tender.
  2. Microwave rice according to package instructions. Serve 1/2 cup rice with 1/2 cup lentil pilaf mixture. Top with a dash of Italian seasoning, if you desire. Enjoy!

This can also be made in the crockpot. Place all ingredients, except the rice in the crockpot in the morning. Cook it over low heat for 7-8 hours. Microwave rice according to package directions. Serve 1/2 cup rice with 1/2 cup lentil pilaf mixture.

 

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