My rule is firm: when you see a client on the street, follow their lead. Disclosing that they know you and vice versa is at their discretion. If they say hello, mimic that. If they nod, quietly mimic that. With that rule, I found myself at my farmer’s market reaching for the discounted spinach, when a hand reached over my shoulder. I turned to see a young lady, from one of my old groups. She didn’t acknowledge me and I grabbed what I needed and started to walk off when I heard her say, “Hey doc, you could always turn nothing into something.” I glanced into my basket, eyed the bargain bin items, and envisioned comfort food. Bon Appétit.
- 1 cup of lentils
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 carrots, peeled
- Small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 lid full Herb’n Farm Herb and Jerk
- 1 14-oz. can have diced tomatoes, with juices
- 6 c. broth
- 4 c. baby spinach
- Half of bunch of basil
- pinch of a Scotch bonnet pepper
- 6 slabs of bacon
- salt & pepper
Preparation: Fry the bacon in a large pot over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, four to five minutes. In a food processor pulse onion, garlic, carrots, scotch bonnet red, and basil. Add to Dutch oven with oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and translucent, about five minutes. Add the diced tomatoes (with their juices), chicken broth, lentils, Herb’n Farm Herb and Jerk, basil leaves, salt, and pepper , and bring to a boil. Cover partially, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the lentils are tender, 45-50 minutes. Fish out bay leaves and discard. Add spinach and let wilt for two to three minutes.