Saturday, February 20, 2010

the doctor ordered more lentils

because those lentil burgers were so effing good i pretty much made the same recipe again. only this time i served it over rice.

i boiled the lentils until they were done and absorbed all the water. red lentils are best for this. then in a seperate bowl i mixed the garlic, cumin, garlic powder, chili flakes, cilantro, onions, and mustard. i also put diced cherry tomatoes in the bowl. when the lentils were done i mixed it all together while it was hot but didn't let it cook more. i like a really strong garlic flavour so if you don't then feel free to cook it more.

served it over jasmine rice. yummmmmmmmy!

for dessert, i found this recipe for healthy banana cookies. i've made something similar before so i wanted to try again. the recipe is very easy:

3 ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped. (you can also use raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips etc.)
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons peanut butter (we use natural crunchy peanut butter. much better)

preheat oven to 350 degrees F
mash bananas
mix everything in a bowl. leave to sit for 15mins
put cookies in for 20mins.

i took them off the pan right after i took them out and they left a bit of residue. perhaps i will grease the pan with margerine next time. i might also add some cinnamon.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Red, Grreen, Orange and Yellow Stirfry!

Made an awesome and simple stirfy using carrots, water chestnuts, pepper, baby corn (all these were frozen) fresh broccoli, firm tofu and garlic sprouts (thanks kathryn!). Never used frozen veggies before, usually cut my own, but was lazy and the result was nice. Something to keep in mind is to put the garlic/onion in the pan first, then frozen veggies, then fresh, then anything like tofu (or egg, if I ate it) would go in last.
Served with a Balsamic miso glaze (it also contained ketchup, mustard, lime juice, vegetable stock and awesome asian hot sauce).
Please forgive the fail photo.
Also I ate too many of Kathryn's cookies, which were amazing.

lentil burgers

red lentils are the shit. i was craving something lentil-ey and i found this recipe on fatfreevegan. it was just what i wanted.
changed it up a little:

1 cup red lentils
1.5 cups hot water
1/4 cup fresh, chopped cilantro
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, minced
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
1-2 tablespoons hot dijon mustard
flour for binding
cooking spray or oil

Boil the lentils with the water. When the lentils are cooked, all the water should be absorbed. If the lentils are watery, let them sit to absorb the rest of the moisture. When the lentils are cooked and relatively cooled, add the cilantro, garlic, onion, mustard, and spices. If the mixture is watery, add some flour to bind the ingredients. Shape the lentils into patties and broil in oven or fry in skillet.

i had some issues with them falling apart as i tried to fry them. then i tried to cook some in my george foreman grill.. those worked but took a long time for some reason. next time i'll just do it in the oven.

topped it with cherry tomatoes and garlic sprouts. will totally make this again, it was so amazing! dylan brought over the cutest potatoes i've ever seen to serve on the side.

cookies for dessert :)

mates, dates, and inflatable bras

my lovely roommate katie was so kind as to buy some raspberries yesterday. i also had some dried dates hanging around. the result! a date smoothie!

date smoothie:
1 cup raspberries
3 tbsp vanilla yogurt
1 cup + soy milk
3 dried dates, pitted
1 tbsp peanut butter

it was so fresh and yummy. served it with oatmeal. smoothies poured into oatmeal is so much more badass than brown sugar.

and for lunch today i didn't have much, but i did have garlic sprouts i got at whole foods (which is the devil itself on a student budge) .

guaranteed garlic breath sandwich:
2 slices of good bread (i used rye i think)
2-3 grape/cherry tomatoes
handful of garlic sprouts, rinsed
4 slices of cheese
roasted garlic hummus
garlic powder (just a little, sprinkled)

put it on the grill and served with strawberries. also could be served with apple slices to minimize the garlic breath afterwards.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

smoothies, tofu, and peanut butter

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