Spanish lentil

I got this recipe from a Spanish cooking show a long time ago. Especially perfect for fall and winter.

Spanish Lentil


1 Onion

1 Red pepper

Dice small and cook on medium to low heat in frying pan with oil until soft. Add salt to help avoid burning.

In a separate pot add:

2 carrots

2 potatoes

bay leaf

1 cup chorizo 

1/2 cup jamon serrano

1/4 cup parsley




optional: dash of red wine and/or pinch of ground cloves

Chop potatoes medium and carrots small so they will cook evenly. Substitute any kind of sausage for the chorizo and cured ham lunch meat or proscuitto for the jamon serrano .

When potatoes and carrots are almost cooked add a can/bottle of cooked lentils to the pot. I always rinse mine. Add the onion and red pepper mixture to pot. Cook down till everything is done. Serve with crusty french bread.

*If using dried lentils- rinse and pick over the lentils, add them to a pot with the chorizo, jamon serrano, bay leaf and spices. When nearly ready add potatoes and carrots. When vegetables are ready add onion and red pepper mixture to the pot.


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Healthy Recipes

I have been finding new recipes that are healthier versions of classic favorites

The Detoxinista- Chocolate Bark – This is perfect for chocolate cravings. Simple healthy ingredients.

Coconut truffles– These are like little almond joys. Love.

I have tried to cut out regular milk and found a few yummy alternatives

Coconut milk

Almond milk

My Favorite Recipes

I love cooking and finding that perfect recipe. There are many foods that I like that aren’t available here in Spain or if I do happen to find it… it is a poor imitation and usually expensive. This led me to learn how to make all those foods that I normally would have bought back in the US. I love the homemade versions. They taste better, are cheaper and I know it´s healthier.  I have a rule that only tried and approved recipes make it into my little cookbook. I admit that these aren’t my own recipes but after trial and error… these are my favorites!

from Joy the Baker-

Lemon Drenched Lemon Cake This lemon pound cake is fantastic. It´s a huge hit at our house. 

Vanilla Cupcakes that are versatile, quick and taste wonderful.

Peanut Butter Blondies with Milk chocolate frosting– These are requested a lot around here.

Dark Chocolate Brownies– Decadent. So good.

Caramel Pudding– Never buy store bought pudding again.

Home made Vanilla Extract –  I buy alcohol for this purpose alone 🙂

from Pioneer Woman-

Pizza Crust – Lasts in the fridge for a few days. Versatile and easy.

from Smitten Kitchen-

Pumpkin butter – I make this every year for as long as pumpkins are in season. Love it

Roasted Eggplant soup– Perfect for fall. So yummy

Other sites-

Goldfish crackers– We don’t have goldfish crackers here in Spain so we made these one afternoon. They were wonderful!

Tortillas  These are amazing and are so so easy to make. They turn out great every time.

Skillet Cookie This is so good and easy.

Fluffy Chocolate chip cookies For when you want individual cookies. The secret ingredient makes these wonderful!

Onion Soup– Easy soup and simple ingredients but so good.