375g dry green lentils (or whatever- that was the size of the package I happened to buy)
5 large brown onions
1 knorr vegetable stock cube
1 bunch chinese brocolli
some peanut butter (0.5 cups?)
some soya sauce
some olive oil
some sesame oil
This would probably also be good to have like a tablespoon or so of fresh thyme leaves and a slosh (1-2 tablespoons) of brandy, if you've got those around.
First thing, put the lentils into a pot with the stock cube and cover with water. Boil this, adding salt to season to taste. Stir every once and a while. If the juice is gone and the lentils aren't cooked, add some more water. Just sort of have this going while you peel the onions. When the lentils are cooked, if the water isn't quite gone, just keep boiling for a bit- slightly overcooked lentils never hurt anyone. Cook until the water is gone.
While the lentils are boiling, peel and slice the onions. Put them in a big wok with some olive oil. Cook them on high heat, pretty much stirring constantly for like 15 minutes. If you've got thyme, put it in with the onions for this. When the onions are a dark chestnut brown, hit it with the splash of brandy if you've got some.
Now put the lentils into the wok. Turn your heat down to medium or so. Stir-fry all that for a bit. Hit that with some soya sauce and sesame oil! Chop up the chinese brocolli and put that in there! In the meantime, put the peanut butter in a bowl with a few splashes of water and stir it up to make it more runnier. Now put the peanut butter in the wok too.
Cook it on medium-low heat for a few minutes. Eat it!
Congrats, now you've got enough food for like 8 people for less than $10 in under an hour! This will be great leftovers too!