Sunday, January 24, 2010

Mushroom, Spinach and Lentil Stir Fry

Mushrooms tend to be either loved or loathed, in my experience, and as you've probably guessed, I fall into the loving crowd. Serious love, potentially borderline fangirl screaming sleeps with pictures of it under her pillow kind of love. Or not. I never was into screaming fan devotion anyway (I was once told by a girl who'd been to a 30 Seconds to Mars concert that the lead singer's spit - HIS MUCUS - had landed IN HER MOUTH and it was "one of the best moments of her life." I'm sure she'll go places in life.)

Anyways, nobody cares about spitting celebrities, but people (like me) do care about mushrooms -- A LOT. I eat them raw, by themselves, with dip, and, particularly, fried. Fried mushrooms. One of the most delicious, ridiculously awesome tasting things that can ever be cooked, and if you don't like mushrooms, SHAME ON YOU, because clearly you haven't had fried mushrooms, which will change your life. (And they're full of selenium which does things like fight cancer and raise super sperm -- so if you're a male looking to procreate, eat some mushrooms!)

Mushroom, Spinach and Lentil Stir Fry
1/2 Onion (or a small one)
2 Cloves of Garlic (I hate vampires, particularly ones that look like anorexic emo child rapists, so I cook with ridiculous amounts of garlic, so you can use 1 clove if you'd rather)
Tsp Olive Oil
4 - 6 Crimini Mushrooms (which is just a fancy pants name for white or brown mushrooms)
1/3 cup Lentils
1/4 cup Barley (or Rice)
1 - 2 cups Spinach
Pepper, Salt & Soya Sauce to taste

Serves 1.

1. Have your lentils and barley pre-cooked -- they're both exceptionally cheap and easy to cook, hence my love of them. I usually cook up a large batch and store it in an airtight container in the fridge, which lasts me a week and is handy whenever I need either. Lentils don't need to be rinsed, and you can use the liquid for soup - just throw your desired amount of lentils in a pot with three parts water, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 20 - 25 minutes. The process is the exact same with barley, only you need to rinse them before and after cooking (make sure to use a fine strainer, as you'll lose half your barley in the sink otherwise).

2. Mince onion and garlic. Heat up your skillet over medium - low heat and pour in the olive oil, then add the onion and garlic.

3. Slice mushrooms and add to the onion and garlic immediately. Grind in some pepper. Cook for about 5 - 10 minutes, until the mushrooms turn a dark brown and start producing liquid.

4. Add the lentils and barley and stir in. Add the spinach and stir in until wilted, add in spices and soya sauce (or other sauce of your choice) to taste, and serve.

1 comment:

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