One-Pot Lentil Chicken #SundaySupper

I am so excited about this weeks theme. When I think of one pot meals I don’t just think about how much easier it is to make but how little clean up there is. I hate cleaning up, if I was wealthy I would pay someone to clean dishes as I went so my kitchen never got into that crazy messy state that it does after dinner preparations. In my dream world, right?

This recipe was both a huge success and a bit of a failure. In order to try and be healthier I chose a boneless, skinless chicken. I also used too large of a pan and this resulted in the chicken being pretty dry. But on the other hand the lentils ended up being the best lentil dish we have ever eaten. Seriously we made just a big bowl of the lentils the next night because we loved it so much. The other thing I loved about this recipe is it made just enough for two and was healthy.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Sunday Supper crew have come up as I am in need of more simple one pot dishes. What is your favourite one pot dish?

One-Pot Lentil Chicken

1 tsp vegetable oil
2 rasher lean dry-cure back bacon, trimmed and chopped
2 large pieces of chicken*
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
2 tsp plain flour
2 tsp tomato purée
150ml (2/3 c.) dry white wine
240ml (1 c.) chicken stock
50g (1/4 c.) dried brown lentils
1/2 tsp dried thyme
85g chestnut mushrooms, halved if large
*The recipe calls for chicken thighs, I used chicken breasts, this might have been why it was drier
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1982/onepot-lentil-chicken

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Butternut Squash and Lentil Pie

My sister became a vegetarian about 5 years ago. I remember the first holiday gatherings after she made the change and we were a bit thrown as to what to serve her. Growing up my family kept to pretty much the same dishes for holidays so at first we struggled figuring out what to feed her. So she resorted to just eating side dishes which from what I understand is fairly normal. But the issue is that our traditional side dishes didn’t leave her a lot to eat. Mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and cream corn isn’t really a meal fit for kings. So over the years we have found different dishes to add to our table and have enjoyed including more main style dishes that are vegetarian friendly. I found this one when combing through the website Yummly and I loved the idea of having a vegetarian pie that could easily be served as a side dish for meat eaters and a main for those vegetarian guests. For me cooking during the holidays, or any family gathering, is a way to show my love for the people I am cooking for. So with in reason I try to always make sure I carefully consider diets restrictions people have. I know if you present a dish like this at your table you will make a lot of people happy. Because not only is it a great dish for vegetarians but it is so taste that even meat eaters will want to dig in.

Butternut Squash and Lentil Pie

1 cup red lentils
480mL (2 c.) water
300g (2 c.) butternut squash (peeled and 12 cubed)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp white wines
240mL (1 c.) veggie stock
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
95g. (3/4 c.) whole wheat pastry flour
1/8 tsp salt
60g (4 Tbsp) butter (chilled)
30g (1 oz) cream cheese (chilled)
3 Tbsp ice water
Recipe from Naturally Ella

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