68. Six-Layer Dish, pg. 137
We had plans we had to work around on the night I decided to make this. Therefore, this dish worked very nicely, as it sat in the oven for two hours while we did all our other stuff. It's been a long time since I've made something that is along the lines of "fix it and forget it," and it was very nice to think about that the dish could be left to its own devices while I puttered away elsewhere.
On top of the lovely time factor, this dish can easily become a five-layer or seven-layer or whatever-you've-got kind of meal. If you've got a food processor, the slicing and dicing goes super quick as well!
I used a 9x9 baking pan and didn't measure anything. I went by looks and catered according to what we like most. Two potatoes, a couple carrots, skipped the rice, a big onion, a can of black beans instead of meat, and a 15 oz. can of tomatoes. Ba-dah-bing. Done. (Mostly.) I poured a little bit of oil over the top, nixed the brown sugar, covered it, and stuck it in the oven. When there was about 20 minutes left (I estimated -- maybe an hour and a half into it, when a fork easily pierces the potatoes), I sprinkled a little bit of feta cheese on top. I left the pan uncovered then, and set it to cook just a bit longer. And that was all I wrote. (On this one.)
It was good and hearty. An all-in-one kind of dish. While I often turn up my nose at casseroles, this one might be a keeper!
Overall: 3.8 out of 5 Simple flavors, and simple to make.
69. Basic Cooked Lentils, Curried, pg. 105
Now, I realise that I've technically made one of these recipes before, but I decided that I'm allowed to count another one since I'm reporting on it. :)
While I often enjoy making elaborate multi-course meals, especially when we're having friends over, after a long day at work, oftentimes I just want to do something straight-forward and easy. When in those tight "what do we eat tonight?" spots, my mind occasionally wanders to having rice and lentils. I appreciate their shorter cooking time, how nicely they pair with any kind of rice, and their nutty flavor.
Basically all I want to say about this recipe is that if you like curry, you will probably like this yumminess.
Overall: 4 out of 5 Spicy, lentily, and satisfyingly delicious.