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Lunch

Lunch

Crispy tofu, roasted cauliflower, and pardina lentils with brown rice.

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Masoor Dal with Veggies

Masoor Dal with Veggies

1 cup masoor dal
1/2 tbls olive oil
1 large onion diced or 1 bunch scallions, sliced
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 small piece ginger, peeled and minced
2 large carrots, sliced thick
4-5 ribs celery, sliced thick
5 roma tomatoes, diced (seeds and all)
1 bunch cilantro, washed and chopped, with stems
juice of 1 lime
2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne
6 cups water

Plus:
1/2 tbls olive oil
1 tbls black mustard seeds
1 tbls cumin seeds
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

Set Instant Pot to sautee. Cook onion, garlic, ginger, and turmeric in olive oil until onion starts to soften. Add the rest of the ingredients and set Instant Pot to manual for 20 minutes. When done cooking, quick release.

Adding Spinach to Dal

Stir in chopped spinach.

Black Mustard and Cumin Seeds

In a frying pan on stove, heat 1/2 tbls oil on medium-high, then add black mustard seeds and cumin seeds and cook until mustard seeds start popping. Add seeds to dal and stir in.

Adding Seeds to Dal

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Pardina Lentils

Pardina Lentils

These have become my favorite lentils.

I cooked them in the Instant Pot, then made veggie patties after mixing with rice, thinly sliced green onion and celery, grated carrot, garlic, and an egg. You could easily make it vegan by using flax “eggs” instead of chicken eggs. And you can use whatever veggies you like. That’s just what I had on hand.

They were super tasty!

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Go Krogering

Kroger gives zero effs for logical bag placement.

Kroger gives zero effs for logical bag placement.

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Cauliflower and Green Onions

Cauliflower and Green Onions

This with a scrambled egg and cheese makes a pretty decent breakfast.

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Hummus

Hummus

I don’t think there’s a better way to test a new blender than to make hummus. It’s no Vitamix, but it’ll do!

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Cooking

Cabbage

Oats Upma

Oats Upma

I made oats upma last night. The cabbage was so pretty I didn’t want to chop it up.

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Breakfast of Champions

Homemade hummus. I could eat it for every meal.

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Popcorn

Popcorn

I may or may not have lost my mind. I was out of popcorn (the horror!), so I ordered some from Amazon. SIX POUNDS of popcorn.

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Spices

Spices

I made more oats upma. I may be a little bit obsessed with this dish. Normally you’d make it with semolina or even farina, but you can also use oats. I like rolled oats, because they have more body. If you use less liquid, they don’t get at all mushy (I hate mushy oats!).

It may seem weird to American palates to eat something spicy and savory for breakfast, but it’s no stranger than eating leftover pizza. And it’s nice to have a healthy alternative to sweetened cereals. The veggies are a nice addition, too. I’ve been making it the night before, and it keeps and reheats very nicely. (I’m using about 1 part oats to 2 parts veggies of whatever variety I have on hand. The latest batch had green beans, green onions, carrots, cabbage, sweet corn, and tomato. I also add lemon juice to brighten the flavors.)

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