Monday, July 16, 2012

Red Lentil Dahl

This is what you do when you're husband has been sick for 16 weeks and it's really not looking like he'll be healthy anytime soon...

You read the ENTIRE Harry Potter series together!  We've found reading together out loud is a sweet, fun way to connect.  Last night we headed to the back porch and set Ryan up with pillows and blankets on our fabric outdoor chairs so he could stretch out and be comfy.  Over a batch of  warm Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies topped with peanut butter, we read Harry Potter.  I'm really grateful for that mini-date we had :)

Is this not the cutest picture you've ever seen of Harpo?  Can't even stand his cuteness.  However he is really smelly at the moment because he got himself sprayed right in the face by a skunk. 

Also, this Red Lentil Dahl recipe is what we had for dinner.  It's a super fast, super healthy dinner.  I kid you not...time in kitchen = less than 10 minutes.  Time from beginning to table = less than 30!  And believe me I do not have the energy to be cooking right now so if I made this you know it's easy.  Serve along side butter or garlic naan or over basamati rice for an even heftier dinner.

Red Lentil Dahl 
(Spicy Optional)

1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup diced white onion
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp diced fresh ginger
4 cups water or vegetable broth or chicken broth (if you don't mind it not being vegan)
1 cup dried red lentils
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp turmeric
¼ tsp cardamom
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cayenne pepper (only add this if you spicy food!)
1 tsp salt
2-3 tbsp tomato paste

In a medium pan heat your oil over medium heat.  When it's hot throw in the onion, garlic, and ginger.  Stir until the onions are translucent-this will only take a few minutes.
Next add the broth or water, lentils, and spices stirring well.  Bring to a boil, and then turn down to a simmer.  Cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes (when I make this is always need about 22-23 mins) or until lentils are fully cooked.  Finally, stir in the tomato paste.  If you like a thinner consistency add more water.  Serve with a dollop of creamy greek yogurt on top and enjoy!

Notes: I would add more veggies to mine next time-maybe carrots and green peppers.  I know this won't be as authentic but I like to get veggies in easily where I can.

Finally please please keep praying for Ryan.  Yesterday was not a good day and today isn't looking too hot either. He is experiencing so much pain consistently throughout the day and is struggling to sit or move about with ease.  Specific prayers would be for untroubled hearts (John 14:1), comfort (2 Cor 1:5) and some noticeable relief (or total miraculous healing!) for Ryan.  Oh and that our doctor would be SO wise, so attentive, so compassionate on Wednesday when we see him.  We'll keep you posted-thanks for caring about us and loving us so well.

My Journey to 1000 Gifts
499. Bright Light Ministries that minister to caregivers
500. Dreaming about starting a ministry/resource for caregivers
501. A large stack of books waiting for us to dive into
502.  Visits from parents, dinner form friends
503. Facebook message from a very very long ago friend offering to do yard work-how cool!?
504. Spirit-filled life and freedom from needing to muster my own strength
505. Linny and Justin coming to visit in a few weeks
506. Ryan budgeting for us and handling finances even when he is not well
507. Slowly learning not to care that the house is messy-just a shift in priorities
For just as the suffering of Christ flows into our lives, so also through Christ our suffering overflows

2 Corinthians 1:5

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