curried lentils.

Lentils have made their way into my diet on a multiple time per week basis this year thanks to a family member showing me how to make them. Turns out, they’re healthy, easy to prepare and fairly inexpensive. Win, win, win!

As long as plenty of spices are added to the broth, lentils can create a wonderful base to a meal. Tonight, I chose to boil the lentils in chicken broth, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, black pepper and some curry powder. Once prepared, I added steamed edamame and red grapes and a splash of coconut milk… truly delicious! (They also reheat remarkably well!

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In order to help make this less of a “guess what I had for dinner” post, consider this….

Why do we share food pictures? I’m not the only one. Thousands of people snap pictures of their food, whether they prepared the food or not, and send the pictures to friends, family and the whole world via social media. I realize that you probably could not care less about what I eat. Ever. And, yet I continue to share…

During a recent and rare shared meal with a treasured family member, something  that I’ve pondered for months finally dawned on me…

Humans weren’t created to live life alone, and from the very beginning breaking bread with loved ones, strangers and new friends has been modeled and storied throughout the world. Spain closes every single day for 3 hours to allow family and friends to share lunch together. Children are let out of school, parents go home from work and entire families eat together. From personal experience, I can tell you that this is the biggest meal of the day, and it is always homemade. Also, a nap follows every meal! Costa Rican’s, on the other hand, do not make a priority of sharing meals. The culture is very different, and food doesn’t play a role in culture the same way that it does in Spain. So, why do American’s share food pictures?

We. Are. Lonely.

Kids move across the country – or the world – from their parents and extended families to study in universities and follow their dreams (or paychecks!). The nuclear family is broken and fractured across our society. We also work more hours and accomplish less than most other countries on the planet. We are literally too busy to eat. Even in Costa Rica, where food is a necessity rather than a luxury, there is time to eat freshly prepared, organically grown food. Maybe the kids are out of the house, and maybe there isn’t time to prepare something because the boss needs you back at the office, or there is an assignment due for class or any other host of contributing factors. If our loved ones are spread around the world, and our lives demand too much, then how will we share the dining experience with others? We use technology! We send pictures not to show the colors or brag about recipes, but to desperately try and share the eating experience with the people that we love. Somewhere buried deep inside of us is a deep, natural, necessity to share nourishment with other people. And, it makes sense! Who likes to eat alone?

Food for thought, for your food!

(Oh. And, before I get a barrage of emails wondering why I’m so lonely that I crafted a post about eating alone…. This is simply something I’ve been considering for a while, and after a special meal with a loved relative, I realized it was worth sharing. Really! I’m good! And, well fed 😉 )

Enjoy your food, your family and keep the pictures going!

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