About as frugal as you can get — Pottage

Did you know you the library has cookbooks you can check out? I was so excited to discover this a few years ago because I love to browse through cookbooks. At this busy time in my life it is my choice of free time activities.

My pottage recipe came from a library cookbook. Happily I jotted down the recipe before I turned in the book but I have no idea which cookbook it was in.


2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (really any oil would do here)
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter (I rarely have unsalted; salted butter works just fine)
2 cups sliced onion (I usually just slice up one medium onion)

In a 12-inch skillet, heat oil and butter until butter melts. Add onion slices and cook slowly, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to moderate toward end of cooking period to brown onion a little.

In the meantime —

1 cup lentil beans, picked over and rinsed
5 cups water

While the onions are cooking, place lentils and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain lentils and return them to saucepan.

3 cups vegetable broth (I make this with 2 vegetable bouillion cubes and 3 cups of water)
1/2 cup long-grain rice (I usually use brown rice that I have soaked a few hours ahead of time)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin
A few grinds of black pepper

Add above ingredients to lentils. Reserve 1/3 cup of the onions and stir the rest into the lentil mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes, or until rice is tender. (this takes a little longer with brown rice; about 45 minutes if the rice was not soaked ahead of time) Spread the reserved onions over the top and serve.

And that’s it! Pretty easy although you do have to plan ahead a bit. It isn’t a super quick supper. But brown rice and lentils together make a complete protein so it’s a fairly healthy supper. I like to serve it with cornbread and a nice green salad. Last night we had some left over apple pie from Sunday church that I served for dessert. Kenny likes pottage so much that he skipped the pie and ate extra pottage for dessert. 🙂

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