Easy curry in less than 45 minutes. Bright flavors of lemon and curry spice with satisfying potatoes and lentils. Perfect for a family dinner.
Take a look. Right now: what do you have in your pantry? Could you make a meal from it?
That was The Recipe ReDux challenge this month:
Cook with at least 3 ingredients that are actually in your refrigerator or pantry right now. Try not to go to the store to buy anything new.
Rummaging through my pantry, here’s what I found:
- 2 Sweet potatoes getting a bit shriveled
- Potatoes. I always have potatoes. Do you know how many dinners you can make from potatoes?
- Curry powder. Several varieties from not-so-spicy to hot. It’s my favorite spice (Thus my handle @TspCurry!)
- Mustard seeds. Which I’ve been wanting to toast – after hearing about how FUN it is when they pop in a hot skillet, on a recent podcast of Milk Street Radio
- Lentils – They cook in only 20 minutes, and require no pre-soak.
Now, I live in the country, surrounded by corn and soybean fields, so you’d think that take-out isn’t much of a temptation for me. Wrong. Thanks to my close proximity to a major highway, there’s a Subway and an amazing little Italian restaurant only 3 miles away.
So, here’s my pantry list to make quicker-and-healthier-than-takeout-meals:
- Canned beans
- Dried beans – for when you remember to soak overnight
- Canned tomatoes
- Canned fruit. Because sometimes we’re out of fresh. Or the kids are sick of the apples, oranges, bananas we’ve been eating all winter
- Canned tuna and canned chicken. Here’s how to find a healthy can of canned chicken.
- Low-sodium chicken broth and/or wine
- Instant brown rice
- Cabbage. We put it in dishes all winter long for crunch
From the above lists, we make an infinite number of dishes, using these basic steps:
- In a large skillet, cook onions in oil for a few minutes.
- Add spices to soften/toast: basil and oregano for Mediterranean flavors. Mint and fennel for Greek. Caraway and dill seed for Scandanavian. Set aside.
- Cook pasta, rice and/or potatoes. Combine with spices and onion in skillet.
- Add canned tuna, chicken, beans and/or cooked lentils. Heat to warm, add 1/4 cup wine or chicken broth or potato/pasta-cooking-water if dish seems dry.
- Top with crunchy (or sauteed) cabbage and/or frozen (cooked) veggies.
- Hello dinner! Make a big pot. Everyone in your family will love at lease some part of this wonder dinner. On the table in less than 45 minutes: Quick Potato Curry with Lentils via @TspCurry #TheRecipeReDux Click To Tweet
Can you make a meal by using what’s in your pantry? What’s your go-to, quick-fix dinner?