What do you cook on Fridays?
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(11-06-2020, 05:13 PM)Pandora Wrote: I’m curious what other people cook on Fridays.  There’s only so far macaroni and cheese, eggplant parm, and Spanish omelet will take you.  I have tried making lentil, pea, squash, etc. soups, but then all I hear is “soup again?”  Also fish is a no go, but of course super expensive shrimp and scallops are A-OK.

I also have the wrinkle that while I abstain every Friday, some most all of my family doesn’t, even during lent.  I feel guilty if they say “make me a hamburger” and I do.  If they’re NO they’re just required to do some other penance, whatever that means.  I draw the line at lent, though.  If you don’t like what I made, go get your own food.


PS: I make the dogs eat canned tuna or salmon on Friday because I’m insane.

My children, too, do not like most fish and are semi picky.  I am like you during lent, but all the time: if you don't like what I made, go get your own food.  "Own food" meaning peanut butter sandwiches....

A friend of mine gave me a recipe for Lebanese lentils.  They are SO good and even my semi-picky eaters really like it.

Here it is, if anyone wants to try it:

- rinse 1 pound lentils, cover with 2" water and 1 tsp baking soda, and let sit overnight

- about an hour before eating, put 2 tablespoons butter in a pan on the stove.  
- Halve then slice 2 pounds onions and add to the butter 
- Cook on medium heat until translucent.
- add juice of one orange (about 1/2 cup)
- continue cooking on med-low heat until caramelized (takes about 30 min, about the time the lentils will be done)
- stir occasionally to prevent burning

In the meantime:
- rinse lentils twice, put in instapot and cover with 2" water
- rinse 1/2 cup of rice and add to lentils.  (Any kind of rice can be used.  We are partial to basmati.)
- add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp pepper, and 2 to 3 crushed garlic cloves
- cover and cook on high for 20 to 30 min

- when cooking is complete, add the carmelized onions and stir well.
- add salt to taste

- can be served alone, but we are partial to serving with salad or steamed veggies (depending upon time of year).

Notes:
- recipe can be doubled and still use a 6 quart instapot
- can use a crockpot.  Begin cooking lentils in the morning and add onions just before serving. 
- adjust water as desired.  Sometimes the lentils come out a bit too thick for our taste so I add a little water when I add the onions.

Hope you enjoy it!
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What do you cook on Fridays? - by Pandora - 11-06-2020, 05:13 PM
RE: What do you cook on Fridays? - by Pandora - 11-06-2020, 05:52 PM
RE: What do you cook on Fridays? - by Catherine - 11-06-2020, 06:15 PM
RE: What do you cook on Fridays? - by jovan66102 - 11-06-2020, 06:31 PM
RE: What do you cook on Fridays? - by Eric F - 11-06-2020, 07:29 PM
RE: What do you cook on Fridays? - by jack89 - 11-06-2020, 08:33 PM
RE: What do you cook on Fridays? - by The Fairy - 11-07-2020, 12:20 AM
RE: What do you cook on Fridays? - by Naproxen - 11-07-2020, 12:22 AM
RE: What do you cook on Fridays? - by Zedta - 11-07-2020, 12:14 PM
RE: What do you cook on Fridays? - by Motherof9 - 11-07-2020, 12:19 PM
What do you cook on Fridays? - by Augustinian - 11-07-2020, 07:07 PM
RE: What do you cook on Fridays? - by yablabo - 11-08-2020, 05:10 PM
RE: What do you cook on Fridays? - by Pandora - 11-09-2020, 12:12 AM
RE: What do you cook on Fridays? - by Jeeter - 11-09-2020, 08:41 AM



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