Frugal Family Meal – KushariPosted by Jia
This post is part of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday!
It has come to our attention that, for the most part, our recipe pages remain invisible to our readers (and to the search engines as well). As a result I am going to start turning these recipe pages into posts. The recipe page itself will become an index instead.
The first recipe I am moving is one of our favorite dishes, Kushari.
This is a great dish in so many ways. It’s cheap. It’s filling. It’s tasty. It’s relatively low fat, high fiber, rich in protein and vegan to boot. You can cut the recipe in half if you’re only feeding 2, or multiply the recipe enough to feed a hungry horde. Plus, it’s easy to customize to your family’s tastes.
It is a wonderful mix of flavors and textures. It is pretty both in your dish, or on a larger serving platter. It is also very very satisfying.
4 cups cooked rice (brown, white, or even jasmine)
4 cups prepared lentils
2 cups cooked pasta (try elbows or even ditalini)
2 cans crushed tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
3-4 medium onions
3 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1-2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1-2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp salt
- 1 cup uncooked rice = 3 cups cooked rice
- 1 cup uncooked pasta = 2 2/3 cups cooked pasta
- 1 cup raw lentils – 2 1/2 cups cooked lentils
- using whole wheat pasta and brown rice increases the nutritive value of this dish, but also increases the cost
Mix lentils, pasta, and rice in a large bowl. Toss with 1 tablespoon oil and season with parsley and salt. Set aside
In a saucepan, saute garlic in 1 tablespoon oil until tender. Add red pepper flakes and cook for about a minute to allow the oil to become thoroughly seasoned. Add the crushed tomatoes and allow to cook on a low to medium heat for approximately an hour.
Meanwhile, peel onions and slice into very thin circles. saute in final tablespoon of oil until caramelized.
Put a scoop of lentil-rice-pasta mixture into a bowl. Top with tomato sauce and garnish with caramelized onions.
Serve with a bottle of hot sauce on the table for those who want even more heat.
The vinegar addition is traditional and creates a sauce that is quite tangy. Not everyone cares for the sweet and sour at the same time taste. For those who have pickier eaters, simply leave it out. Adding hot sauce at the table gives you some of that vinegar taste anyway.
Additionally, feel free to add any/ all of the following:
- 1 or 2 cans of chickpeas
- 2 cans corn (not creamed)
- 1 or 2 chopped sweet peppers
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