Wondering what to do with celery leaves? Look no further than this international recipe from Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook.
A few years ago, as part of a fundraiser for the East Africa drought, some churches distributed baggies of split peas and cornmeal to their members to show what relief recipients receive. One of the biggest questions was, “What does one do with this?” It struck me that we are so far removed from what most people in the world eat every day. So I was inspired to start trying more recipes from the Extending the Table cookbook as a way to remember how blessed I am to have access to meat, fresh produce, and dairy.
Egyptian Rice and Lentils
- 3/4 C tomato paste (about 2 cans)
- 3 1/2 C tomato sauce (about two cans)
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 3 Tbsp celery leaves, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp crushed red chili peppers
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 1 1/4 C lentils
- 3 C boiling wter
- 1 tsp salt
- dash of pepper
- 1 1/2 C uncooked rice
- 1 C boiling water
- 2 C cooked macaroni
- Brown lentils in the oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the 3 C boiling water, lentils, bring to a boil, and cook, uncovered, 10 minutes over medium heat.
- Add the rice and water, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes.
- Cook macaroni according to package directions and set aside.
- Serve by piling the rice/lentil mixture on top of the macaroni; top with the sauce.
If you’d like some more budget-conscious meal ideas, check out this week’s Sunday Supper:
Bean and Bacon Soup by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Mexican Turkey Bean Soup by What Smells So Good?
Pasta e Fagioli by The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
Turkey and Dumpling Soup by Palatable Pastime
Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup by Pancake Warriors
Black Bean and Bell Pepper Quesadillas by My San Francisco Kitchen
Cajun Blackened Chicken Thighs by Feeding Big
Chicken Enchilada Casserole by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Chicken Enchiladas by The Freshman Cook
Chicken Piccata by Monica’s Table
Chicken Tetrazzini by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
Chimichurri Chicken Thighs by Life Tastes Good
Dutch Baby Pancakes by Brunch with Joy
Easy Cheesy Egg Breakfast Bake with Potatoes and Sausage by From Gate to Plate [or breakfast]
Easy Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
Egyptian Rice and Lentils by Wholistic Woman
French Onion Soup Twice Baked Potato by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Gnocchi with Fennel and Pork by Caroline’s Cooking
Italian Baked Chicken by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Lasagna Stuffed Acorn Squash by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Noodles by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Orzo with Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potatoes by Cooking Chat
Sauteed Vegetables by Party Food and Entertaining
Turkey Sausage and Pasta by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Twice Baked Sweet Potato Bar by Momma’s Meals
Yakisoba (Japanese Stir Fried Noodles) by Curious Cuisinere
And more saving suggestions from the Sunday Supper Movement:
Budget-Friendly Meal Ideas for #SundaySupper
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