Hello there! Like many of you, I am just trying to catch the last remnants of summer, and despite the fact that I did not have too many choices in the fridge, I was able to combine leftover lentils, half of a baked sweet potato, and some Portobello mushrooms that had been sautéed with lots of garlic, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, a little bit of Dijon mustard, olive oil and salt and pepper.
As a norm I am not a burger kind of person, but I decided to give it a try. I mashed/mixed the potato and lentils with a fork, then added some of the mushrooms and formed a couple of patties which I then placed in my Panini Press and voilà, the patties came out fantastic! To serve I added a dollop of coriander pesto and that gave the patties the zing I was anticipating.
I paired my veggie patty plate with spiralized zucchini and julienned red peppers, to which I added some olive oil and apple cider vinegar, with salt and pepper to taste.
The meal was successful and tasted pretty good for a leftover combo, with a dash of imagination!
I tried this combination today and it was spectacular! I cooked the lentils following the instructions of soaking 1 cup of lentils in 4 cups of water with 1 tsp. of salt for about one hour. Then I simmered the lentils in the same salted water until tender (about 12-15 minutes).
Following, I rinsed the Mung beans, put them aside, and brought to boil 3 cups of water with 1/2 tsp of salt. While boiling I poured the beans and allowed the water to come back to boil, covered the sauce pan and cooked it until the water was all absorbed. Did the same with the Quinoa, with a 2 to 1 ratio (2 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa).
When all grains cooled, I combined some of each grain in a bowl and added fresh vegetables, namely julienned zucchini, chopped red pepper, celery, Roma tomatoes and shredded carrots.
I prepared a salad dressing with olive oil, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar, a hint of honey and salt and pepper. I mixed it all with the salad dressing and to served I added some millimetre thick beet slices ( to avoid everything else getting red), slivered almonds and shaved Parmesan cheese. It was fabulous! Even my husband that continuously says that he is not a beans and lentils person, enjoyed it very much! Hope you like it as well!
SPAGHETTI SQUASH SALAD PLATTER WITH ROASTED AND FRESH VEGETABLES
It is the first time that I tried this dish and it was very, very tasty.
If you decide that you do not wish to have carbs during lunch but you want the visual satisfaction that you are having a traditional spaghetti dish, then this is it. It certainly was for me!
I prepared the spaghetti squash following the instructions I found on the web: cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, poured a little olive oil and added pepper; then, I put the two halves, cut side down, on a cookie sheet and placed them in a 375 degree oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until you can easily pierce the skin with a fork. Let it cool, and then, with a fork, start separating the strands.
I added blanched kale and diced red pepper, seasoned with olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and added salt and pepper to taste. I finished the platter by adding some asparagus, tomatoes, and avocados sprinkled with shaved Parmesan cheese. I found that the spaghetti squash had a neutral taste, but it took very nicely the flavour of the olive oil, vinegar and the parmesan cheese. Next time I will add to it some kind of pesto perhaps!
GARLIC ROASTED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM AND LENTIL SALAD WITH FRESH VEGETABLES
I love lentils and I love mushrooms so I decided to put them together in my luncheon vegetable platter. I cooked the lentils according to the packaging instructions and let them cool to room temperature. I then mixed them with chopped fresh yellow peppers, celery and sliced roasted garlic and added olive oil and apple cider vinegar to taste. I roasted the Portobello mushrooms with chopped garlic, olive oil and pepper and just before serving I topped it with a generous amount of goat cheese. I then put it back in the oven, just long enough for the cheese to warm up.
I added to my plate using the extra chopped yellow pepper and celery in addition to the customary tomato and avocado, and flavored with some olive oil and apple cider vinegar to the fresh vegetable portions. It was certainly delicious!
CHICKPEAS AND BARLEY RISOTTO SALAD WITH SLICED ALMONDS AND FRESH VEGETABLES I had some leftover Barley Risotto – for fun, I call this Basotto – with turmeric and kale from yesterday and today I combined it with some chickpeas to … Continue reading →
BARLEY SALAD PLATE WITH ROASTED AND FRESH VEGETABLES As always, in my quest to constantly find variety for my vegetable lunches, I decided to try a Barley Salad, which I seasoned with two tablespoons of cilantro pesto (coriander) and crumbled … Continue reading →
QUINOA SALAD WITH CREMINI MUSHROOMS AND BLANCHED KALE I decided to spice up and vary my plate of veggies, so I planned yet another quinoa salad, and this time I made it with cremini mushrooms, blanched kale, diced red peppers, … Continue reading →
VEGETABLE PLATE WITH ASIAGO CHEESE
I love cheese and adding it to my customary vegetable plate makes it for a delicious addition. This time I decided to prepare my dish with broccoli, sliced zucchini, yellow tomatoes, cucumbers, kale and red peppers. The Asiago cheese chunks added so much flavour! Olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.