You may or may not know, JP and I challenge ourselves with a 60 euro a week grocery budget. While we might not meet the goal every week -between keeping our eyes out for ridiculously good sales and growing an arsenal of low costs meals, the challenge is evolving quite well.
Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite meals in the arsenal: Mujadara, or Lebanese Lentils, Rice and Caramelized Onions. This dish full of uniquely rich flavor - so don't be fooled by the simple ingredients. Caramelized onions are the star here - and coaxing out the flavor takes time and careful observation. There are countless variations of this recipe online, but this is my personal interpretation:
1/3 cup olive oil
6 medium onions, sliced about 1/8" thick
3/4 cup brown lentils
3/4 cup brown rice
salt + pepper
Greek yogurt for garnishing (optional)
1) Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a large sauce pan. Add the lentils and brown rice and let the water come to a boil again, uncovered on high heat. Turn heat to simmer and cover the sauce pan for 30 minutes, or until the rice and lentils are tender.
2) In a large, skillet, heat the olive oil on medium. When the oil beings to smoke, add the onions and cook. Season with salt and pepper. Watch the onions carefully as they soften, and deepen in color. Stir the onions with a wooden spatula to prevent sticking and burning. Deglaze the skillet with 1/3 cup of water.
3) Once the onions are a deep caramel brown color, soft and reduced, add the lentils and brown rice and mix everything together.
4) Plate and serve - Greek yogurt and hot sauce make excellent additions.
Recipe serves 4 and costs about 2.50 to prepare, excluding Greek Yogurt.
Do you have a favorite budget-friendly dish? Would you like to see more recipes like this?