Mujadara – Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions

Mujadara is a super simple yet crazy comforting Lebanese dish made with lentils and rice which are slowly simmered with caramelized onions, then tossed with fresh cilantro and served topped with even more caramelized onions! Stunning on its own, or as a side!

Mujadara is a super simple yet crazy comforting Lebanese dish made with lentils and rice which are slowly simmered with caramelized onions, then tossed with fresh cilantro and served topped with even more caramelized onions! Stunning on its own, or as a side!

Up until about a month and a half ago, I’d never even heard of Mujadara. Now? I can’t get enough of it! In fact, since I discovered this yummy Lebanese dish, I’ve been making it every single week without fail; I think I’m addicted!

Now I’m not saying that my recipe is the real deal, as in super authentic and all. In fact, it’s probably not even close to that. To come up with my own version of the dish, I’ve analyzed (and tried) several recipes. As is the case with many classic dishes, there’s a myriad different versions out there, but all have the same 3 ingredients in common: rice, lentils and caramelized onions. While most recipes call for white rice, I much prefer to use brown rice. I find that it has more texture, a more robust flavor and goes super good with the lentils. Also, the ratio of rice to lentils seems to vary a lot. I find that 1:1 works perfectly well!

As for the caramelized onions, some prefer to add very little, while others, like me, go all out. Some cook the onions, rice and lentils separately. Yikes! You know me, right? I’m all for keeping things stupid simple, saving time and using less dishes. I did everything in one pan.  

Seriously, while it might not look like much, this Mujadara thing is dangerously tasty! You should totally give it a try! Granted, this is the kind of dish that takes quite a bit of time to make, but most of this time is completely non-demanding of your attention. It’s a dish that practically takes care of itself. 

5 minutes prep time to slice the onions, 2 minutes to blow your nose and wipe your teary eyes…

The rest, you can take care of the rest while the onions are cooking.

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Oven Roasted Beet Salad

Don’t redecorate the kitchen or waste another piece of foil to cook your beets! Simply throw them whole in a Dutch oven, to concentrate and seal in their sweet and earthy flavor, then easily turn them into this nutrition-packed, scrumptious Oven Roasted Beet Salad!

Don't waste another piece of foil to roast your beets in the oven! Simply throw them whole in a Dutch oven, to concentrate and seal in their sweet and earthy flavor, then easily turn them into this nutrition-packed, scrumptious Oven Roasted Beet Salad!

Beets = crazy good stuff, right? Right! They’re so sweet and juicy and have this super delicious and very distinct earthy flavor that keeps you coming back for more. And best of all is they’re just as good for your body as they are for your taste buds.

Their one serious drawback though is that they’re not much fun when comes the time to cook them. The sweet, earthy and delicious little buggers are worse than tomato sauce if you boil them on the stove top. No matter what you do, they splatter all over the place and quickly turn your entire kitchen all kinds of shades of pink!

Luckily, there’s a very easy solution to that problem: take things down into the oven! You could wrap the beets in aluminium foil and bake them just like you would potatoes, but then you’d end up wasting a whole bunch of precious aluminium foil. I’ve an even easier option for you: just grab your beets and shove them into a Dutch oven, then grab a magazine and read while they are happily roasting away, entirely mess — and waste — free!

No fuss, no mess, no waste… and you’ll get the best tasting beets you will have ever eaten. And when all is said and done, you can choose to eat your beets as is, or just as easily turn them into this crazy delicious Oven Roasted Beet Salad.

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Hearty Braised Beef Poutine with sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions

Think poutine can’t possibly be good for you? I dunno about that! This Hearty Braised Beef Poutine with sauteed mushrooms and caramelize onions might very well change your mind…

Think poutine can't possibly be good for you? I dunno about that! This Hearty Braised Beef Poutine with sauteed mushrooms and caramelize onions might very well change your mind...

I find it a bit ironic that I should be kicking off the new year with such a bold, beefy and meaty recipe, seeing as how I just recently decided that I wanted to transition towards a more plant-based diet. Or well, to at least give it a decent shot over the next couple of months and see where it takes me.

But hey, I’d already created this healthier poutine recipe just shortly before Christmas and simply couldn’t stand to see it go to waste. Cuz this thing, it’s pretty darn good, you know. And even though I feel I need a little break from meat and dairy products, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the rest of the world is in with me. So here goes…

In case you’re not familiar, here in Quebec, poutine is a true staple, a popular and well loved comfort food.

Sadly, though, in its original version, it’s not the healthiest! Traditionally made with French fries, which then get topped with oodles of cheese curds and drenched in rivers of gravy, it’s not exactly what you could call the epitome of health foods… But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be improved upon! This hearty version, made with oven roasted potatoes — as opposed to deep fried — and topped with chunks of slowly braised beef, sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions, totally qualifies as a complete, wholesome meal!

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