Meat Free Monday: Lentil Burgers

We’ve been cooking with lentils a lot more lately, partly because I got a craving for meatless loaf, and partly because we only recently fully realized just how much sodium is in canned beans.

So my wife made some lentil burgers, and they were great!

  • Lentils mixed with oatmeal,
  • then cooked in a skillet without oil.
  • dusted with curry powder & red pepper,
  • then served with catsup and Just Mayo on toast.
  • Delicious!

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    Meat Free Monday: Quick and Fresh-ish Salsa Bean Dip

    This is an easy, quick, and fresh tasting dip, great for a party when you want something vegan that doesn’t seem too out of place.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 red onion
    • 1 red or yellow bell pepper
    • 1 can corn kernels
    • 2 cups salsa
    • 2 cans fat free refried beans (make sure they don’t have any lard or pork fat).

    Directions: 

    • Dice the bell pepper and onion 
    • Mix the corn, 1 1/2 cups salsa, and onions into the refried beans.
    • Microwave the whole thing on 70% power for 8 minutes, rotating at least once.
    • Then pour the remaining 1/2 cup salsa onto the top of the dip to give it a pretty red top. 

    Serve with tortilla chips, and enjoy.

    What Superhero Team Would you Want to Be On?

    Forget the Avengers or the X-Men. I want to be on Team Umizoomi.  

    They live in a bright, friendly city solving kids’ problems and teaching kids about math. 

    And their powers are actually useful for something besides beating people up (and reinforcing the destructive myth of redemptive violence).


    And if you couldn’t tell from the video clips, my being half tone deaf wouldn’t even exclude me from the musical numbers. 

    Seriously, it beats dealing with Frank Miller and those thugs from Arkham Asylum.šŸ˜Ž

    On the other hand …

    Meat Free Monday: Pink Salt is Tofu’s Best Friend

    I recently bought a grinder of Himalayan Pink Salt, and it’s really taken my breakfast tofu sandwiches to a new level.

    I also bought some “Meyer Lemon & Blood Orange Pepper Jelly.” It’s sweet, spicy, and citrus-y. I generally like pepper jelly, unless it leans too heavily on green bell peppers … but this is just a whole new level of yummy. The only better pepper jelly I’ve had recently was Mississippi State University’s own five pepper jelly.

    Yum!