Category: new recipe

Braised Lentils

I tried a new recipe from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman. I’m in love with this cookbook. It’s very informative and it has many recipes and variations to them.

After coming home from a run around Bryan Park, I was starving. I knew I had some lentil in the pantry that needed to be used. So I went to the vegetarian source and looked for a quick and easy recipe that included lentils.

I sautéed some onion in a little bit of olive oil until they were starting to caramelize. Then, I threw in some minced garlic and waited for them to get a little bit of color in them. Then I added 2 cups of veggie broth and 1 cup of brown lentils. I also added cumin (my favorite spice) and some red pepper. The recipe called for paprika but, surprisingly we were out of it! I didn’t miss it though. I let the lentils simmer for about 40 minutes or so. I also check on them every once in a while to make sure I didn’t need to add some more broth. (I ended up needing to add a splash toward the end)

This dish was amazing. I loved how simple yet delicious it was. I even had enough left over for two lunches! Score! I forgot to take a picture of it 😦 Sorry

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Monday isn’t all bad..

Most people hate Mondays.

See…they even have coffee mugs devoted to the hatred.

I am part of the minority. I, in fact, love Mondays…well parts of Mondays.

I love getting back into the groove of things that the weekend have put a damper on. I actually like going to work and talking with my co-workers about their weekend and such.

The thing I hate about Mondays are, very little time to cook. I find it very hard to cook a big elaborate dinner when I come home from work. This is especially true now that it is getting darker sooner. When I get off at 5pm, I rush home and grab a quick bite to eat before I go for a run. I have to go earlier now because it gets dark around 7. During the summer, this is usually when I’m heading out for the daily run. It’s a major bummer too.

I love trying new recipes but, I can’t run on an empty stomach. Believe me, I’ve tried and my time suffers. Big time! Also, I’m usually starving at 5 anyway.

I’m hoping to find a happy medium by eating a snack later in the afternoon, hopefully that will hold me until after the run.

In other news, I fixed Tofu for the first time! I used Emily’s (www.thefrontburnerblog.com) tutorial for fixing the tofu…and success! It worked perfectly. I was worried because it was my first time fixing it and I’ve had some bad tofu before and I was hoping it wouldn’t turn out like that.

I fixed it very basicly, little olive oil and some salt and pepper. It was amazing. It had a nice crunchy outside will the inside was silking! I tried to get the ‘rents to eat it. My mom tried it( I’m so proud of her!) but she didn’t like it. My dad wouldn’t even try it.

Let’s just say my parents do not share my taste for unique/ethnic food. They usually turn their nose up at it but, like this time, my mom will be “brave” and give it a try. This is how she found out how wonderful Greek food can be!