Whenever finals roll around, I find myself searching for something that will take almost no time to prepare and feed me for 5-6 meals (minimum). Last quarter I chose to create the simple chicken, broccoli and rice dish, and this quarter I decided I wanted to put something in the crockpot.
One of my favorite parts: the simple ingredient list.
The process is easy: add all ingredients to crockpot, turn on.
Crockpot Red Lentils & Rice
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 1 diced onion
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 cup red lentils
- 4 garlc cloves, minced
- salt & pepper (to taste)
- oregnao (to taste)
- basil (to taste)
- cumin (about 1 tbsp)
Put all in the crockpot. Turn it onto low for about 2 hours, then turn it onto high, for a few hours (until most of the liquid has been soaked up. It will kind of look like a risotto. And its delicious to boot. Stir every once in a while, if you’re home.
It wasn’t the prettiest looking meal, but I liked the combination of flavors. While it was kind of a ‘mush,’ which isn’t my favorite texture, it was quick, easy, I had all the ingredients on hand, and the flavor combinations were great. I ended up adding salt at the end, but I prefer to under salt the dish and add if its necessary when I go to eat it.
I can’t wait to eat it during the long haul of the next five days. In case you’re wondering, as this is post goes up, I will be prepping for my first exam Monday at 3:30pm pst. And then I have exams on Tuesday & Thursday, and 60 research papers to grade for the course I TA for before I proctor that exam Friday at noon.
Basically what I’m trying to say is: have a great week, can’t wait to catch up on the weekend! And any luck/thoughts you want to send my way, I will take it all. Its going to be a long week, with little-to-no sleep.
What are/were your study tactics for exams in college/grad school? Mine differ depending on the class, but I like to read the entire text that was covered as well as review all problem sets/old exams, etc. But I’m finding this extremely difficult to do for tomorrow’s class….hopefully it goes better, but I’m kind of dreading this.