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Friday, October 16, 2009

Family Meals Under $5 - Barley, Bacon, Lentils & Tomatoes

Since the hubby is out hunting this week I thought it would be a great time to eat some of the foods he doesn't like. It's not that he doesn't like beans, it's more that beans don't like him. OK, I know TMI.

I was a little worried about the rest of my family liking this as well but thought "oh well, I'll give it a try." Much to my surprise and delight my middle son had 5 helpings!

This recipe came from Pillsbury's One Dish Meal Cookbook. The recipe below is double the original to make enough to feed my family. It also includes a little more bacon.
Serve it with some french bread.


Barley, Bacon, Lentils & Tomatoes - $3.60
French Bread - .77

Total - $4.37



1/2 lb bacon - $1.18 lb @ Super 1 Foods 12 Hour Sale = .59
1 med onion, chopped - still have some in the garden = free
2 c dried lentils, rinsed - .98 1lb bag
2c uncooked pearl barley - .99lb
4 bullion cubes (beef is what's called for but I used chicken. Either would work) = .32
2 t cumin
7 c water
1 28 oz can stewed tomatoes, undrained = .56 (see below)
4 T chopped fresh parsley - .67 bunch = .16



In a large skillet cook bacon till crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels. Add onion and lentils to bacon drippings in skillet. Cook on med for 3-5 min or till onions are tender and lentils browned. Add barley, bullion, cumin and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 min or till lentils are soft. Add tomatoes. Cook uncovered for 15 - 20 min more or till lentils and barley are tender and liquid is absorbed. Before serving stir in parsley and bacon.


I have green tomatoes that are ripening in boxes on my kitchen floor. A few had ripened so I chopped up what I needed and just used those. I included the price because I figured not everyone has tomatoes ripening in their kitchen. About the price, I buy a #10 can of diced tomatoes at Costco and freeze what I don't use immediately in 2c portions. The price comes out to be about .02c an oz. I also just use these whenever any type of tomato is called for.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Renee



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1 comment:

  1. We just had lentil soup yesterday, lol! This look like a good recipe, I think we'd enjoy it. We enjoyed the soup and love the lentil and brown rice tacos. I've been wanting to add some more lentil recipes, so thanks for sharing!

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