When my husband and I were first married a favorite quick dish of ours was the Tastey Bite Madras Lentils. It came is this perfect two person package and was easy to heat up after a long day of work. The flavors were comforting, rich and warm.

Beans and Legumes are often overlooked for their healthy properties. Beans are not only high in fiber and protein, and low in fat, but they are also a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are considered important fighters against free radicals, which are highly active chemicals whose excess has been linked to heart disease, cancer and early aging. The darker the color of bean the higher the antioxidant properties it contains. So eat up. They’re good for you on the inside and out.

Personally I really like beans and legumes. They are filling, super versatile and healthy. So when I was at the store last week and saw that familiar Tastey Bite box I decided to make my own from scratch. Yum Yum!

This recipe is super easy. If you don’t have a pressure cooker that’s okay. You can either make the beans the old fashion way on the stove top or substitute canned beans.

Red Beans and Lentils

serves 4-6

  • 1 Cup dry Kidney Beans
  • 1 Cup dry Lentils (I used green lentils, but any variety would do)
  • Enough water to well Cover beans. Approx 4 cups
  • 1 Tbls. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Minced Onion
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp Red Curry Paste
  • 1/2 stick of Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Can diced tomatoes

Soak the beans and Lentils together in the water for a few hours. After they have plumped transfer them to your pressure cooker. You may need to add a bit more water to ensure the beans are well covered. There should be about an inch or so of water above the beans. Add your olive oil and salt. Assemble your pressure cooker according to the directions and cook for 18 minutes.

When the beans are done and the pressure has dropped off add the remaining ingredients to the pressure cooker pot. Using a long wooden spoon mix all the ingredients together over a medium heat. Allowing the ingredients to mingle and the butter to melt. Reduce the heat to medium low and let simmer, stirring occasionally while the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.

Serve over a bed of brown rice and enjoy a healthy, filling dinner!

You can also serve with a Dollop of plain yogurt, and some hot sauce.