Cajun Lentils and Barley

I got this new spice blend at amazon. It's McCormick Bajou Cajun seasoning. It tastes great on just about everything. I'm not kidding. I sprinkle it on food every chance I get. No lie. I used it to make some dirty lentils and barley the other day. So much simpler than trying to mix tons of different individual spices.

I cook the lentils and barley in vegetable stock and a teaspoon or two of soy sauce and add 2 teaspoons of the spice mix. I like to have mustard green in the mix. So I add them in too.

I like to use about 1/3 each of lentils and barley. That makes a really good sized batch.

When all the stock is gone I simply finish the cooking process with water.

When the lentils and barley and greens have cooked for about 20 minutes and are tender I add some chopped bell pepper, minced garlic and jalapeno if I have it. And more of the spice mix and a teaspon of olive oil. Cook it just a minute or two more to slightly soften the veg and bring their flavors into the mix.

Taste. Keeping in mind the flavors will strengthen with a little rest together in the fridge. Adjust with more spice blend if desired. And maybe a little ground cayenne if you've got it. That adds a nice kick and greater depth.

It's good as side dish or an entree. It makes a really nice sandwich with some fresh onion and lettuce.


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