5-spice lentils topped with balsamic vegetables

If I were asked to give my top five tips on frugal living, they would definitely include one on onions. If you can get hold of a catering size bag of onions, they seem to be about half the price of smaller packs, they keep well and they form the base of savoury meals from all over the world. Having large sacks of red and brown onions available to me means I’ve never been at a loss for how to start a meal throughout these challenges. Chop up an onion or two and take it from there!

Earlier today I fried up about 2/3 cup of chopped red onion in a large saucepan, threw in some salt, five-spice powder and about a cup of red lentils, covered with water and boiled them for a few minutes, then put the lid on and left them for a couple of hours while I thought about what to have with them or add to the pot. I remembered still having half a red cabbage and a couple of carrots left, so I fried up another red onion in a different pan, added strips sliced from half a carrot and about a quarter of the cabbage, a glug of balsamic vinegar and some soya sauce and a few frozen peas for the heck of it. It’s not meant to be any particular style of food, but I really thought the whole lot came together very well, and I feel like it probably contained a few vitamins. It’s a pity I didn’t do this while it was still daylight as the colours came out very pretty, my phone cam under artificial light doesn’t really do them justice.

bowl full of lentils topped with vegetables

4 Comments on “5-spice lentils topped with balsamic vegetables”

  1. Rachel says:

    My top tip on frugal living would have to be lentils. You just can’t go wrong with lentils. They’re cheap, delicious, nutritious and filling.


    • dropscone says:

      Oh, they’d definitely be up there in the top five too! I’m going to have to experiment with using lentil flour to make sweet dishes, then I’d be able to put them at number one.


  2. I love lentils too, I’m definitely going to have to try this dish 🙂


  3. Mihl says:

    Onions, potatoes, and cabbage! it’s unfortunate we have so little storage space.Otherwise I would totally hard that stuff. Lentils is also something I always have on hand and there’s nothing better than a warm bowl of lentils.


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