Red Lentil Thai Chili

I want to make this soon:

Olive oil (1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons, however much you feel like using)
1 large yellow onion, diced medium
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced medium
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 ½ lbs sweet potatoes cut into ¾ inch chunks
1 cup red lentils
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups vegetable broth
2 15 oz cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
1 15 oz can lowfat coconut milk
28 oz can diced tomatoes
½ cup fresh cilantro, plus extra for garnish
Limes for garnish (optional)

Preheat a 4-quart pot over medium heat. Saute onions and pepper in oil with a pinch of salt, for 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and saute a minute more.
Add chili powder, sweet potatoes, lentils, salt and vegetable broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Let it boil for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. When lentils are cooked and sweet potatoes are tender, add the remaining ingredients and heat through.
Taste for salt and seasoning, top with cilantro and lime and serve!

Whole Wheat Belgian Waffles

This recipe came out pretty well. I used about half a cup of batter for each /side/ of the waffle iron, and it yielded 6 waffles (with a little extra batter.)

  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (from Trader Joe's)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (**the next time I cut this down to 1.5 tsp so they'd be a tad less airy. I think I prefer that.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk (I warmed it in the microwave for 30 seconds in a glass cup - would have done it longer, the butter still re-solidified a little)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter  (I used salted and omitted added salt)

  • Preheat your iron while you make the waffle batter.

    Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
    In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and butte
    Mix together the wet and dry ingredients, stirring just until combined. (I used a spatula)The batter will be a bit lumpy; that's OK.
    Cook the waffles as directed 

    I used not-the-hottest setting. (4/5?) I think something more like 3.5/5 would have been better - the first few were a tad overdone.

    I ate them topped with sour cream (sweetened with some sugar) and frozen strawberries, defrosted.