I owe you all an apology for not posting for so long. I was traveling for the past 3 weeks, and things were really busy.
But now it's back to reality. We are home, and our house is in it's usual winter state - a bit colder than I would like it. And after a trip to South Florida, where it was 80F most of the time... well, we'll just leave it at that.
So we're back to making warming food, with an emphasis on quick and easy, as we're not quite back into routine yet!
First meal after getting home:
Red lentil soup
1 onion, diced (luckily had some diced onion in the freezer)
2 cloves garlic, diced (these lasted in the fridge while we were away)
1/2 red pepper, diced (also had some in the freezer)
1 carrot, diced (these lasted in the fridge while we were away. Yay for root vegetables!)
1/2 kg red lentils, rinsed
water to fill the pot (I used a small pot, makes about 8 servings)
seasonings - salt, black pepper, oregano
olive oil (1-2 Tablespoons)
Heat oil in pot and saute onion, garlic, peppers, and carrots. Add water, seasonings, and lentils, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer until the lentils are fully cooked, usually about 12-15 min.
(I will make these more frugally when the kitchen is stocked. If you load up on veggies, you can use less cheese but still have great flavor!) - spread homemade tomato sauce on baguette halves, sprinkle cheese on top, bake till hot! (10 min at 425F in my toaster oven did the trick)