Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ask And You Shall Receive

I posted a picture yesterday of the dinner I made. I made lentil soup served in a bread bowl. One person asked me for the bread recipe and when I went to pull up the blog for where I posted it, I realized I never did. So I will. Someone else asked me to post the recipe for the soup, so I'll do that too.

The bread recipe was published in Mother Earth News a few years back. I love that magazine, so if you ever want to know whet to get me for Christmas, a subscription to that would be grand. It's the easiest bread I have ever made and I have made a lot of bread. It takes 5-10 minutes to make, then a couple of hours to rise on it's own, then a minute to form, 40 to rise again and thirty to cook. You spend less than 10 minutes with the dough itself. How cool! Each batch makes four good sized loaves and the longer it sits in the fridge, the better it tastes. You can even get crazy and make sourdough bread and pizza crust. Last nights bread bowls were Italian herb.

The lentil soup recipe is as follows:

Boil for 1 hour:
1 cup rinsed lentils
4 cups of vegetable broth

Saute` until tender in different pan:
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 diced celery ribs
1 carrot sliced
1/4 onion diced

Reduce heat of veggies, add: (Then saute` two more minutes)
2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp. garlic
1/4 tsp. thyme
pinch of cayenne (I don't like spicy, so I don't add this)

Add veggie mix to lentils then add:
1/4 cup tomato paste

Simmer for 5 minutes; add salt of you need to.

Tonight we are having vegan Chinese Sesame Salad. I will post that in a second. Now that classes are done for the semester, I have more time to cook and more time to blog. On Sunday, after Tris left for work, I made a meal plan and a shopping list. I figured out what I had and what I needed for my fare, so I only spent $62 for 7 dinners with leftovers!! I hadn't meal planned before, but I am going to start, after this weeks savings and delicious dinners. Most of dinner is finished before the kids even get out of school. I am even ahead on Wednesdays meal. Eating well feels good!!!

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